Egypt court upholds life sentence against Brotherhood leader Badie and 35 others

Egypt’s top appeals court upheld on Wednesday a life sentence against Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and 35 others convicted of involvement in violence that broke out in the aftermath of the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The Court of Cassation also upheld various jail terms against 20 others. Out of the total 105 defendants in the original case, 49 were sentenced in absentia and 20 were found not guilty.

The defendants were charged with murder, attempted murder, inciting terrorism, raiding and vandalising government facilities among other crimes related to clashes in Ismailia in July 2013.

In September, a criminal court sentenced Badie to a separate life term over violence in Beni Suef in August 2013, which took place the same day security forces dispersed two Cairo sit-ins protesting the ouster of Morsi.

In late 2013, Egyptian authorities outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood group, designating it a terrorist organisation. Morsi is currently in prison and faces trials in a number of cases.

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