Death sentence confirmed for Brotherhood chief

2015-04-11 17:49

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Cairo - An Egyptian court confirmed death sentences for Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 11 other defendants on Saturday and also jailed a US-Egyptian citizen for life over Islamist protest violence.

Judge Mohamed Nagy Shehata also sentenced to death two Islamists who have fled the country and handed life terms to 23 detained defendants.

They were accused of plotting unrest from their headquarters in a sprawling Cairo protest camp in the months after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Among those sentenced to life in prison was Mohamed Soltan, a US-Egyptian citizen who is on a hunger strike.

His father Salah Soltan was among the 11 detainees sentenced to death.

Gehad Haddad, a former spokesperson for the Brotherhood's political arm, was also among those sentenced to life in prison, which in Egypt is a term of 25 years.

The sentencings can be appealed before the Court of Cassation, which has overturned dozens of other death sentences.

So far Egypt has executed one Islamist sentenced to death after Morsi's overthrow, following his conviction of involvement in the murder of a youth during violent protests in July 2013.

Read more on:    muslim brotherhood  |  egypt  |  north africa

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