EGYPT’S BROTHERHOOD TOP LEADER SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN JAIL OVER VIOLENCE

CAIRO, Egypt- An Egyptian court sentenced five members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, including its top leader, Mohamed Badie, to 25-year jail term, over inciting violence and murder.

Giza Criminal Court, also sentenced Bassem Ouda, former supplies minister, under ousted Brotherhood-oriented President Mohamed Morsi, to 15 years in prison, and three other defendants to 10 years, over similar charges.

The verdicts came during a retrial of the defendants, after the same court in Sept, 2014, sentenced 15 Brotherhood members to life imprisonment. The verdicts are not final and are still appealable.

Meanwhile, the Cairo Criminal Court sent, on Sunday, the papers of three other defendants, to the Grand Mufti, the head of the country’s highest religious authority, for his non-binding opinion on their execution, over forming an illegal anti-state group, inciting terror activities, according to state-run Al-Ahram news website.

The court is scheduled to pronounce the verdict on Oct, 14.

Muslim Brotherhood-oriented President, Mohamed Morsi, was ousted by the army in July, 2013, in response to mass protests against his one-year rule.

Many Brotherhood members and loyalists, including Morsi himself, are currently jailed, and many have received appealable death sentences and life imprisonments, over charges varying from inciting violence and murder, to espionage and jailbreak.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK