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Egypt court sets Aug 22 for final verdict on Mohamed Badie

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Cairo: An Egyptian court today decided to pronounce a final verdict in a case against Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and 190 other Brotherhood members on August 22 for allegedly attacking a police station and killing five people in 2013. 71-year-old Badie and Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed el-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazi are accused of inciting other Brotherhood members to attack Al-Arab police station in Port Said in northeastern Egypt, kill policemen, loot weapons and help prisoners to escape.

The incident, which took place in 2013, left five people killed and a large number of policemen injured. Since former president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster, the Egyptian government has been cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters. Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically-elected president before he was ousted by the army in a coup in July, 2013 following widespread protests against his divisive rule.

Last month, Morsi, Badie, and a 100 others had been sentenced to death in the two cases – espionage and the jail break – before both were referred to the Grand Mufti. In April, Morsi was also sentenced to 20 years in prison for inciting violence and ordering the arrest and torture of demonstrators during clashes in 2012 while he was president.