Egypt's top Islamist leader sentenced to death

AP News
Posted: Jun 19, 2014 11:30 AM

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced to death the top leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted President Mohammed Morsi hails, along with 13 other members and supporters over violence last summer.

The Giza Criminal Court issued its verdict on Thursday against the Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie, senior members Mohammed el-Beltagy and Essam el-Arian, and 11 others. The court case is rooted in deadly violence during the massive protests that led to Morsi's July 3 overthrow.

It is the second death sentence against Badie, who was sentenced to die in April along with more than 680 others over violence in southern Egyptian.

The Brotherhood, once Egypt's most well-organized political movement, is now officially branded a terrorist organization.