Reuters is reporting that an Egyptian court has referred Mohamed Badie, the Supreme Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, and 13 other defendants for the final stage of death sentencing. According to the report:
June 19, 2014 CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court signalled on Thursday that it wanted death sentences for the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 13 other defendants charged with murder and firearms possession, when it referred the case to the country’s religious authorities.
Judicial sources said a judge at a court in a Cairo suburb referred all 14 of the defendants to the Mufti, the highest Islamic legal official, who must give an opinion on death sentences before they can be confirmed.
More than a thousand suspected supporters of Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood have already been given death sentences this year which were referred to the Mufti. Their cases have provoked outrage among rights groups and Western governments.
Thirty-seven of the sentences have been upheld, and more than six hundred others are awaiting a final decision. But so far none of the sentences has been carried out.
The court decision came less than two weeks after former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took office as president. Sisi ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Brotherhood last July, leading to a widespread crackdown on the movement.”
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The GMBDW reported in April that an Egyptian court had recommended the death sentence for Dr. Mohamed Badie, the Supreme Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, and 682 Brotherhood supporters.
For details on the life and thought of Dr. Badie, go here.