Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Leader Gets Death Sentence; Notorious Anti-Semite Salah Sultan Also Gets Death

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Reuters is reporting that Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide and thirteen others were sentenced to death in one of the several outstanding cases against Dr Mohamed Badie . According to the reportthe notorious anti-Semite and cleric Dr. Salah Sultan was also among those receiving the death sentence:

April 11, 2015 (Reuters) – An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Badie, leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and 13 other senior members of the group to death for inciting chaos and violence, and gave a life term to a U.S.-Egyptian citizen for ties to the Brotherhood.

The men were among thousands of people detained after freely elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was toppled in 2013 by the military under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now president.

Sisi describes the Brotherhood as a major security threat. The group says it is committed to peaceful activism and had nothing to do with Islamist militant violence in Egypt since Mursi’s fall following mass protests against his rule.

Egypt’s mass trials of Brotherhood members and people accused of links to the group, as well as its tough crackdown on Islamist and liberal opposition alike, have drawn international criticism of its judicial system and human rights record.

The sentences, pronounced at a televised court session on Saturday, can be appealed before Egypt’s highest civilian court in a process that could take years to reach a final verdict.

U.S.-Egyptian citizen Mohamed Soltan was sentenced to life in jail for supporting the veteran Islamist movement and transmitting false news. He is the son of Brotherhood preacher Salah Soltan, who was among those sentenced to death.

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The GMBDW reported in March that an Egyptian court was seeking the death penalty for a group of Muslim Brotherhood leaders that included not only Dr Badie but also the notorious anti-Semite and cleric Dr. Salah Sultan (aka Soltan), father of Mohamed Soltan. We reported in February that an Egyptian court had sentenced Dr Badie and four other Muslim Brotherhood leaders to life in prison in connection with violence at their headquarters in 2013. 

In October 2014, the GMBDW reported that the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood had issued a statement indicating that Mohammed Badie, at that time already serving another life sentence in prison, was still the organization’s General Guide. The GMBDW had reported earlier that Mohammed Badie had been sentenced to life in prison in connection with charges of planning riots, murder and sabotage. Other GMBDW reporting on the prosecution of Dr.Badie has included:

  • GMBDW reported in August 2014 that Egypt’s top religious authority had rejected a death sentence for  Mohamed Badie.
  • We reported in April 2014 that an Egyptian court had recommended the death sentence for Dr. Badie and 682 Brotherhood supporters in connection with the Minya case.
  • In August 2013, we reported on the arrest of Dr. Badie.
  • We reported in July 2013 on the life sentence received by Dr. Badie in a separate case first reported in June of that year.

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.

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