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Egypt's Brotherhood chief gets 25 years in jail
An Egyptian criminal court sentenced on Monday the Muslim Brotherhood top leader Mohamed Badie, along with other 14 leading group members, to 25 years in prison for inciting violence following the removal of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last year, the Egyptian state TV reported.
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.
Badie has previously been sentenced to death for a couple of times over similar charges but the appealable verdicts haven't been carried and the Grand Mufti once 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 killed and thousands others 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.
[Source: Xinhua, Cairo, 15Sep14]
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