Egypt court upholds life sentences against 89 Islamists over violence, murder charges

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Others being tried in the case, including Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohamed Badie, were handed life sentences. Image courtesy: Times of Israel
Mohamed Badie, top leader of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, talks during a trial hearing alleging his involvement in a 2013 attack on a Port Said police station, at a court in Cairo, April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper

Egypt’s Court of Cassation, the country’s top appeals court, on Tuesday upheld the court ruling of life sentences against 89 Islamists including Mohammed Badie, supreme guide of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, over charges of violence and murder.

The case dates back to 2013 when the defendants broke into a police station, seized weapons and killed two policemen in the southern Egyptian province of Minya, state-run Ahram newspaper reported.

They also set fire to the police cars and documents and helped 31 Islamists break prison.

A life sentence in Egypt is 25 years in jail.

In addition, 192 others were sentenced to jail terms varying from two to 15 years over the same charges.

In a separate case, Badie was sentenced to death for ordering the murder of 10 people in Cairo in 2013.

He also received three other life sentences in cases related to espionage for a foreign country and violence.

Since the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Egypt has been fighting acts of terrorism that have killed hundreds of policemen, soldiers and civilians.

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