Egypt sentenced to death the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 7 other leaders of the Islamist group

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A special court in Cairo on Monday sentenced eight Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including the supreme leader of Egypt’s now-banned Islamist brotherhood, to death for violence in 2013 after the ouster of Islamist Mohamed Morsi by current president Abdel Fattah al-Om. – Sissi. Reported by AFP and Agerpres.

The High Emergency State Security Court sentenced guide Mohammed Badi, now 80, to death, as well as several other figures in the movement of Morsi, Egypt’s short-lived president, including Mahmoud Ezzat, Mohammed El-Beltaghy and Safwat Hegazi.

All of these men have already been sentenced, including to the death penalty, in other trials in recent years. On Monday, a court sentenced another 37 defendants in the so-called “Al-Nasr Road violence” case to life imprisonment and another 13 to 10-15 years in prison, the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

According to Amnesty International, in 2022, Egypt became the fourth country in the world to carry out the largest number of executions. In the same year, Egyptian judges handed down 538 death sentences, the highest known figure in the world.

The Muslim Brotherhood came to power in Egypt after the Arab Spring

Since coming to power, al-Sisi has led a harsh crackdown on the opposition, focusing in particular on the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organization that has thousands of jailed supporters.

Founded in Egypt in 1928, the Brotherhood, which is now banned in the country but has spread far beyond its borders, was long the main opposition movement in Egypt, despite repression, until it won the first free elections since the Arab Spring in 2011 year

On August 13, 2013, a month after Morsi was ousted in a military coup, hundreds of his supporters were killed in a crackdown on gatherings in Cairo, accused by police of being armed.

Since then, thousands of members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been sentenced to sentences ranging from several years in prison to the death penalty, others have gone into exile, and several of their leaders, including Morsi, have died in custody.…Read more by Ashley

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