Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader appeals death penalty

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie files an appeal against his death penalty along with 13 others belonging to the group

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Mohammed Badie, the senior leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, has filed an official appeal against the death penalty he received early April alongside 13 others.

The MB “Supreme Guide” Mohammed Badie was originally accused of “inducing chaos and riots” and of forming an “operations chamber to spread terror” in the country following the brutal August 2013 Rabaa sit-in dispersal.

Badie is 71 and was originally a veterinarian. He is the 8th Supreme Guide in the 85-year history of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The defendants’ lawyers team claim the court did not base the death penalties on “enough legal reasons” and the essence of the verdict was “highly political.”

“This is not fair, I hope the court would give me justice,” said Badie during his trial in early April.

The court also sentenced 37 others to life in prison, including Mohamed Sultan, 27 - an American citizen - merely for supporting the MB. Sultan is not an MB member, unlike his father Salah Sultan who was sentenced to death along with Badie.

The Kansas-born Mohammed Sultan has been on a hunger strike, which resulted in severe weight loss and frequent hospitalisation.

Mohammed Badie started wearing a “red suit” reserved for inmates on death immediately after receiving the death sentence.

He was photographed clearly out of the cage only once after the death sentence verdict, the court did not allow him to stand outside of the steel cage for long and accused him of “showing off”, while Badie replied “I’m trying to deliver a point”.

TRTWorld and agencies