Khairat El-Shater
Deputy leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Khairat El-Shater reacts as he stands behind bars during his trial . (photo credit:REUTERS)


An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat el-Shater, Mohamed el-Beltagy and Ahmed Abdelaty to death on Tuesday in a case related to conspiring with foreign groups.

Former President Mohamed Mors was given a life sentence of 25 years in prison in the same case and the general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie was also sentenced to 25 years. In total, 17 were given life sentences, including senior Brotherhood figures Essam el-Erian and Saad el-Katatni.

Death sentences were also handed to 13 other defendants in absentia. The verdicts can be appealed.

The judge is expected, after a short recess, to give a ruling in a case related to a 2011 mass jail break.

The court last month sought the death penalty for Morsi after he and his fellow defendants, including Brotherhood leader Badie, were convicted of killing and kidnapping policemen, attacking police facilities and breaking out of jail during the uprising against then-president Hosni Mubarak.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post