Life sentence upheld for Egypt Brotherhood leader


An Egyptian court upheld a life sentence against Mohamed Badie, leader of the banned Muslim Brotherhood over 2013 violence, judicial sources said.

The court of cassation, Egypt’s top court, rejected an appeal by Badie and others against verdicts issued against them last May in the case known in local media as “the Rabaa Operations Room” trial.

The case relates to a sit-in in Rabaa to support ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The sit-in, after the army ousted Mursi following mass protests, was forcibly dispersed by security forces, leaving hundreds dead.

Badie and two others were sentenced to life imprisonment, 15 others were sentenced to five years and 21 people were acquitted, sources said.

The defendants were charged with leading an illegally founded organisation, plotting to stir chaos and publishing false news among others.

Authorities outlawed the Brotherhood after Mursi was ousted and arrested thousands of its supporters. They also dissolved its Freedom and Justice Party, which Mursi led.

Decisions made by the court of cassation are final and cannot be appealed. Saturday’s life sentence is the third against Badie.