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Egypt: MB Supreme Guide’s Life Sentence Overturned

Egypt’s Court of Cassation yesterday overturned the life sentences of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide, Mohamed Badie and eight others, who will face a retrial over accusations of murder and incitement to violence.

The court has not announced a date to hold the retrial which comes at the end of a successful appeal by the accused to have his life sentence and those of his alleged accomplices quashed.

In September 2014, Badie and 14 others were sentenced to life imprisonment for their alleged involvement in deadly clashes following the military ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

The offence was thought to have taken place in Giza’s Bahr al-Azam neighbourhood on July 15, 2013. They were accused of murder, illegal assembly, attempted murder and possession of unlicensed weapons, vandalism and joining a “terrorist” organization.

Badie, 72, is the banned Brotherhood’s highest figure and has been handed multiple death and prison sentences over the course of the past two years. He is being retried over several of those cases.

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