Egypt’s Court of Cassation on Thursday overturned an earlier death penalty issued to Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme leader Mohamed Badie and 13 other leading members, for violence related charges.
According to a judicial source, the court also cancelled the life sentences for 25 others and ordered a retrial.
Defence lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud said “The ruling concerns all 37 defendants who are behind bars. Twelve of them including Badie had been sentenced to death by the lower court.”
An Egyptian criminal court sentenced Badie and others to death in April for allegedly spreading chaos by organizing protests backing country’s democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi, whose government was ousted by the army led by Abdelfattah el-Sissi, who later became the president.
Following the military coup, hundreds of people including Muslim Brotherhood supporters lost their lives when Egyptian Armed Forces violently dispersed crowds in the Rabaa and Nahda protest camps in Cairo on August 14, 2013.
Human Rights Watch has described the raids as “one of the world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history,” with the number of deaths from the Rabaa Square massacre alone totaling about 1,300.