Brotherhood chief given new death sentence

June 19, 2014 7:10 PM

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Brotherhood chief given new death sentence

CAIRO — A court in Egypt yesterday sentenced to death Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and 13 others over violence that killed 10 people in Cairo in summer 2013. Since the army ousted president Mohamed Mursi in July, hundreds of his supporters and Badie himself have already been sentenced to death in speedy mass trials that have sparked international outrage. The court is due to meet again on August 3 to give a final ruling. Death sentences in Egypt are referred to the country’s top scholar for an advisory opinion before being ratified and courts may commute sentences, which can later be challenged in an appeals court. Badie’s co-defendants include Mohamed al Beltagui and Essam al Erian, top leaders from Mursi’s Brotherhood, as well as other leaders such as Gamaa Islamiya chief Assem Abdel Maged.

They were convicted for inciting violence that left 10 people dead in July 2013 near Al Istiqama’s mosque in the Giza neighbourhood, days after Mursi’s ouster on July 3. Since Mursi’s ouster, a crackdown launched by the military-installed authorities on his supporters have left more than 1,400 peopl...

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