FILE - Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie shouts slogans from the defendant’s cage during his trial with other leaders of the Brotherhood in a courtroom in Cairo December 11, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Stringer
CAIRO – 23 December 2018: The Court of Cassation reduced on Sunday, Dec. 23 the 12-year imprisonment sentence issued earlier against Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie to 10 years, in 2013's case known in media as "Beni Suef incidents".
Accepting the appeal of the defendants in the case, the court also reduced the sentences of 34 defendants to 3 years in prison instead of 15 years. A number of 93 defendants were tried on Sunday, including 56 people who were tried in absentia.
The verdicts issued against the defendants are final and cannot be appealed.
In September 2017, Beni Suef Criminal Court sentenced Badie and three others to life imprisonment for the Beni Suef incidents that happened on August 14, 2013.
The defendants were accused of scheming a terrorist plot that aimed at vandalizing vital government facilities such as burning a police station and places of worship in Beni Suef after the dispersal of the Rabaa sit-in. The Rabaa al-Adawiya protest was arranged by supporters of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in rejection to his ouster and was dispersed by security forces in August 2013.
The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Badie along with five other defendants to life imprisonment in the case known in media as "incidents of the Guidance Office". Badie is charged in many other cases since the 2013 incidents and has been handed down many life imprisonment sentences.