Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leader Mohamed Badie and several other prominent Islamists were sentenced to life in prison on Saturday for murder and inciting violence, judicial sources said, part of an ongoing crackdown on the outlawed group. Badie has faced numerous trials and has accumulated two death sentences and five sentences to life in prison in separate cases, which still may be appealed.
Saturday's sentencing related to an attack on a police station in the city of Port Said in 2013 in which five people were killed. The attack was part of a wave of violence that swept across Egypt after the army removed Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi from power in July 2013. Senior MB leader Mohamed El-Beltagy and 17 others were also sentenced to life in prison, 28 to ten years in prison and 68 acquitted. Another 76 people were given life sentences in absentia. Egyptian regime has been accused by rights groups of holding unfair trials and violating the defendants' rights.