Egypt court upholds life sentences for 10 Muslim Brotherhood leaders

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Egypt's highest appeals tribunal connected Sunday upheld the beingness sentences of 10 leaders of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, including the group's head, the state-owned MENA quality bureau reported.

In 2019, a Cairo transgression tribunal had convicted each 10, including the group's leader, oregon ultimate guide, Mohamed Badie, of charges related to sidesplitting policemen and organizing wide jailhouse breaks during Egypt's 2011 uprising. That revolt culminated successful the ouster of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

The defendants were recovered blameworthy of helping astir 20,000 prisoners escape, and of undermining nationalist information by conspiring with overseas militant groups — the Palestinian Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Meanwhile, the Court of Cassation acquitted 8 middle-rank leaders of the nation's oldest Islamist organization, who were sentenced earlier to 15 years successful prison.

All of the sentences, which the tribunal considered connected appeal, are final.

Sunday's rulings upheld the latest of respective beingness sentences for Muslim Brotherhood leaders. They had gone connected proceedings respective times since the crackdown connected the radical successful 2013 pursuing the subject ouster of Egypt’s archetypal democratically elected president, the precocious Mohammed Morsi.

Morsi had hailed from the group's ranks. His one-year regularisation had proven divisive and provoked nationwide protests.

Tens of thousands of Egyptians person been arrested since 2013, and galore person fled the country.

Morsi himself was a suspect successful the prison-break case, but helium collapsed successful a courtroom and died portion appearing successful a abstracted proceedings successful the summertime of 2019.

Last month, the Court of Cassation upheld the decease condemnation for 12 radical progressive successful a 2013 protestation by Islamists, including respective elder Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

Rights groups successful Egypt and overseas person denounced the trials and decease sentences arsenic a mockery of justice.

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