Islamist media is reporting that the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has issued a statement indicating that Mohammed Badie, currently serving life in prison, is still the organization’s General Guide. According to a Middle East Memo report:
October 5, 2014 Mohamed Badie, the imprisoned General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said Saturday that Mohamed Badie is still the Guide General of the Islamist movement.
‘Mohamed Badie is still the Muslim Brotherhood General Guide,’ the movement said in a statement.
The group denied media reports that Badie, who is standing trial on multiple violence charges, had been replaced.
‘All these reports are bare of truth,’ the Brotherhood said.
Egyptian authorities have launched a massive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood following last year’s military ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, arresting hundreds of Brotherhood leaders and members, including Badie.
The government has since designated the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails, a ‘terrorist’ organization.
The GMBDW reported last month that Mohammed Badie had been sentenced to life in prison in connection with charges of planning riots, murder and sabotage. GMBDW reported last month that Egypt’s top religious authority had rejected a death sentence for Mohamed Badie.
- 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 involving clashes which erupted in the southern province of Minya.
- 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.