Brotherhood chief handed life term in Egypt retrial

CAIRO: An Egyptian court Sunday sentenced to life in prison the ‘s supreme guide, Mohamed Badie, and four alternate leaders in a retrial on accusations of inciting street violence, their lawyer said.

Defence lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud named the others as Mohamed el-Beltagi, Essam el-Erian, Safwat Higazi and El-Husseini Antar.

The Brotherhood was designated a terrorist organisation in in December 2013, after the military ousted Islamist president in July of that year in the wake of mass protests against his rule.

“We will appeal the sentences within 60 days,” the lawyer told AFP, adding that four alternate people were sentenced to jail terms of between 10 and 15 years.

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The accusations date back to July 2013 when Brotherhood leaders and members marched in Giza, west of , in protest at Morsi‘s ouster.

The defendants were charged with terrorism, attempted murder, forming an armed group to attack citizens, and illegal possession of firearms.

Badie and the others were initially sentenced in September 2014 to life in prison, but Egypt‘s court of cassation cancelled the ruling and ordered the retrial.

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