July 5, 2014 -seven out of 48 defendants accused of inciting violence and blocking the Qalyoub Highway last year were given life sentences Saturday. Another 10 defendants, sentenced to death in absentia in June, had their verdicts approved by the country’s grand mufti, who according to Egyptian law must review all capital punishment verdicts.
One defendant was given three years in jail.
Among those sentenced to life are Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, and leading Brotherhood members Mohamed El-Beltagy and Osama Yassin.
The prosecution also accused the defendants of being members in a terrorist group, vandalising public and private properties, illegal possession of arms, and disrupting the general peace.
The case centred on clashes that took place where two were killed and 13 injured after Qalyoub Highway was blocked in the wake of the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
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The sentences referred to in the above report appear to be related to the case reported on by the GMBW in June. We reported later in June on a separate trial in connection with violence that erupted in the southern town of Minya after the military deposition of then President Morsi. Dr. Badie receive a death sentence in that case.
GMBDW reporting on the various charges facing Dr. Badie has included:
- The GMBDW reported in April that an Egyptian court had recommended the death sentence for Dr. Badie and 682 Brotherhood supporters in connection with the Minya case.
- The GMBDW reported in March on the first mass sentencing.
- In August 2013, we reported on the arrest of Dr. Badie.
In July 2010, we reported on the election of Dr. Badie as the new Supreme Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
For details on the life and thought of Dr. Badie, go here.