22 Egyptian Islamists including Badie get life term
18 March 2015, Nirapad News: In yet another blow to the Islamists in Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood’s chief Mohamed Badie and 21 other members of the banned movement have been sentenced to death in separate cases for inciting violence and murder.
Badie and 13 other Brotherhood members were convicted of setting up an ‘operation room’ to direct supporters as part of plans to defy the state and spread violence, following the dispersal of Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins in August 2013 by police, reports the Times of India.
They were also convicted for plotting attacks on police stations, private property and churches. The 14 convicted also included prominent Brotherhood leaders Mahmoud Ghozlan, Saad El-Hossainy, Salah Soltan and Fathy Shehab.
The Cairo criminal court set April 11 to announce its final verdict concerning other defendants in the case, which includes Egyptian-American Mohamed Soltan, Jehad Haddad, Saad Khairat El-Shater and Gamal El-Yemani.
The court referred the death sentences to Egypt’s grand Mufti for revision. The referral of the sentences to the Mufti is the first step in the legal process required to carry out a death sentence.
However, the Mufti’s decision is not binding. Following his decision, the court will issue a final verdict. Once a final verdict is issued, defendants can appeal.
Badie was arrested from a Nasr City apartment on August 20, 2013 and was then charged in different cases.
He is currently standing several trials for violence committed by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
Badie was also sentenced to death before in other cases, but the sentences were later reduced to life imprisonment. Hundreds of members of the Brotherhood, designated as a terrorist organization in November 2013, have been sentenced to death over the past year and a half.