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Egypt sentences MB leader to 25 years in jail

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Egypt has sentenced Mohamed Badie, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and 14 others to 25 years in jail for murder and inciting violence, Reuters news agency has reported.

Badie was one of thousands of Brotherhood figures and supporters arrested in a deadly crackdown following the army’s toppling in July of former president Mohamed Morsi, a senior member of the group.

The case against Badie springs from an attack on a police station near the southern city of Minya on August 14, in which one policeman and one civilian were killed.

The attack was carried out in retaliation after police killed hundreds while dispersing a Cairo sit-in by supporters of Morsi.

The Brotherhood has since been labelled a “terror organisation” by Egyptian authorities. Its supporters have held persistent protests against the military-backed government, often resulting in clashes. Al Jazeera


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