Times of Oman
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Egypt court commutes Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guide’s death sentence to life term
August 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Mohamed Badie, right, the Brotherhood's Supreme Guide, stands behind bars as he is tried at a court in the Egyptian capital Cairo, on Saturday. An Egyptian court commuted to life imprisonment the death sentence that had been pronounced against Badie, according to state television and defence lawyers. Four other members of the Brotherhood were sentenced to life imprisonment while six others, tried in absentia, were sentenced to the death penalty. Photo: AFP/MOHAMED KAMEL

Cairo: An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Badie, general guide of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and seven others to life in prison on Saturday for inciting violence during protests last year, judicial sources said.

Badie had already been sentenced to death and received a life sentence in other cases, part of Cairo's toughest crackdown  — widely criticised by human rights groups — on the country's oldest and most organised conservative movement.

The judge, Mohamed Nagi Shehata, also sentenced six other defendants to death in absentia.

Badie was charged with killing at least nine people and inciting violence that injured 21 others in clashes near a mosque in Giza in 2013.

Then-armed forces chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi toppled president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July of 2013 after mass protests against his rule.

Sisi went on to become Egypt's elected president, while Brotherhood leaders and thousands of their supporters were jailed or driven underground.

Mursi, who was freely elected in 2012, is on trial on a variety of charges including inciting violence and conspiring with a foreign power, and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Security forces killed hundreds of Brotherhood supporters in the streets during protests against the removal of Mursi.

Inciting violence

Prosecutors charged all the defendants with "murder and attempted murder and inciting violence and possession of arms", the judicial sources said.

Egypt's Brotherhood renounced violence as a means of political change decades ago and has denied any connection with the recent bloodshed.

Senior Brotherhood leaders sentenced to life in prison on Saturday included Mohamed El Beltagi and Essam El Erian, as well as former members of the Mursi government.

Badie and 182 Muslim brotherhood supporters were sentenced to death in a mass trial last June over violence that erupted in Minya governorate which led to the killing of a police officer.

A court sentenced Badie to life in prison in July for inciting violence and blocking a major road north of Cairo during protests that followed Mursi's ouster.

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