Egyptian Mufti rejects death sentence of Brotherhood leader

Friday, August 8th, 2014 8:34:13 by

The Grand Mufti, the highest religious authority in Egypt, has rejected the death sentence against the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, and 13 other members of the Islamist group accused of the crimes of murder and possession of weapons and asked the Egyptian court to reconsider its decision.

On 19 June, an Egyptian court sentenced  Badie and 13 other Brotherhood members capital punishment and the judgment was referred to the Grand Mufti, who, according to Egyptian law, must decide before a death sentence is executed.

However, judicial sources have said that the final verdict will be postponed until August 30 to allow the Mufti reconsider its opinion.

“The Grand Mufti has said that, in his opinion, the court relied solely upon investigation which the was not sufficient to convict the accused,” the judge said Naji Mohamed Shehata.

Badie has already been sentenced to death by a final judgment in a separate case, along with 182 other supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, for killing a police officer in 2013.

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