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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood chief gets 25 years in jail

Cairo : Egypt’s Giza Criminal Court Monday sentenced terrorist Muslim Brotherhood (MB) supreme guide Mohamad Badie along with 14 other leaders to 25 years in prison over clashes in Bahr el-Azam, Giza, the state-run MENA news agency reported.

Six people were killed and 101 others injured in the clashes following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

The defendants were accused of inciting violence and terror, murder, forming a gang to attack citizens and supplying it with arms and funds.

They are also accused of damaging private property and possessing arms.

Five people were killed in Bahr el-Azam area of Giza and in the vicinity of the nearby Cairo University, during fights that broke out between pro-Mohamed Morsi protesters and unknown assailants late on July 15, 2013.

Egypt’s Brotherhood chief gets 25 years in jail

The Brotherhood’s supreme guide has similarly been sentenced to 25 years in jail in a different case that involved blocking a road in Qalubiya city, north of the capital Cairo, in July 2013, Xinhua reported.

Badie has previously been sentenced to death couple of times over similar charges but the verdicts that could be appealed have not been carried as the Grand Mufti rejected his execution for lack of evidence.

Since the powerful military ousted the Brotherhood’s Morsi in early July last year, the country’s first democratically-elected president, authorities have been waging a massive crackdown on the group which it designated a terrorist group, leaving nearly 1,000 dead while thousands others have been arrested.

The Brotherhood was also accused of targeting the army and police with attacks that killed hundreds of security personnel, charges its leaders repeatedly denied.

Morsi himself is on trial on charges including espionage, jailbreak, ordering the killing of protesters, insulting the judiciary and leaking classified documents to Qatar.