Brotherhood supreme guide receives 10-year prison term in military court mass sentencing
مرشد الإخوان محمد بديع

Ismailia Military Court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie to 10 years in prison on Wednesday in a ruling that included over 300 people, many of whom are alleged to be connected to the now outlawed Islamist opposition group.

The ruling represents the second time Badie has been sentenced by a military court.

The military trial that began in early 2015 concluded on Wednesday at the Armed Forces’ Heikstep camp located on the outskirts of Cairo, where the defendants stood trial on charges related to the August 2013 clashes that occurred outside the Ismailia Court Complex and left the building ablaze.

Ten people were reportedly killed in the clashes outside the Suez Canal city’s courthouse that were precipitated by the violent dispersal of the Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins, in which hundreds of pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters were killed and hundreds others jailed.

In addition to Badie, the Ismailia Military Court sentenced three other Muslim Brotherhood leaders – Mohamed al-Beltagy, Safwat Hegazi and Mohamed Wahdan – to 10 years in prison for plotting and organizing the violence around the Ismailia Court Complex.

The court also handed out one life sentence, 273 15-year terms, 15 three-year terms, two two-year terms and acquitted six other defendants, reports the Reuters-affiliate Aswat Masriya.  

Following the Muslim Brotherhood’s ouster from government in July 2013, Badie has been issued several sentences by civilian courts, which range from a one-year prison term to execution.

However, a military tribunal also issued the supreme leader a 10-year prison term in December 2015 in connection to the violence the occurred in the Suez Governorate following the Muslim Brotherhood’s removal from office in 2013.

A military court in the Minya Governorate handed out final verdict to an additional 77 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members on Wednesday, according to local media.

The case stems from three separate cases of violence in Minya that date back to August 2013 in the aftermath of the forced dispersal of the Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins, with the defendants being charged with participating in violent attacks on security forces in Minya, storming the Abu Qurqas Police Station, and setting fire to the Deir Mawas Monastery.

Several of those implicated in the case were tried in absentia and received sentences that ranged from acquittals to life imprisonment.

In related news, State Security Prosecution has leveled new charges on Tuesday at Mohamed Ali Bishr, accusing the former local development minister and governor of Monufiya of helping to found the newly established terrorist organization the Hassm Movement from within his prison cell. Bishr, a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, has spent two years in prison, which under the terms of the Criminal Procedure Code would mean he has exceed the two-year pretrial detention limit. However, human rights workers and defense lawyers have argued that the judiciary has failed to uphold this statute.

Bishr has also been accused of involvement in the failed assassination attempt on Deputy Prosecutor General Zakariya Abdel Aziz in September, despite having been in prison for nearly two years before the plot was initiated.


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