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Court upholds life in prison for Badie, 36 others

Press Trust of India  |  Cairo 

An Egyptian court today upheld life sentences to Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and 36 other members of the outlawed group for inciting violence in 2013.

The Appeals Court also confirmed death sentences for 10 others, who were being tried in absentia, after rejecting an appeal by the defendants.

The defendants were accused of blocking a main road in Qalyoub city and inciting violence among other charges.

The incident took place following the dispersal of the two Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Rabaa (in Cairo) and Nahda (in Giza).

In 2014, a court had sentenced Badie, the supreme guide of Muslim Brotherhood, and 36 others to life in prison besides sentencing 10 defendants to death in absentia.

Today's development comes a day after Egyptian prosecutors recommended the cancellation of life sentences handed down to Badie and former president Mohamed Morsi along with 15 other leaders of the banned group in an espionage case.

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First Published: Wed, October 26 2016. 21:07 IST
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