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Muslim Brotherhood Leader Says Egypt's Regime on Brink of Collapse

FILE - Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's general guide , Mohamed Badie at the trial of Brotherhood members in February, 2014 near Cairo's Turah prison.
FILE - Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's general guide , Mohamed Badie at the trial of Brotherhood members in February, 2014 near Cairo's Turah prison.
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The senior leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday that the mass death sentences against him and other members will cause the government's downfall.
 
“This ruling is the last nail in the coffin of the ruling powers that led the coup,” said Brotherhood general guide Mohamed Badie, who was sentenced to death along with 682 supporters on Monday. “The regime is on the brink of collapse.”
 
The defendants were charged with crimes including inciting violence following the army overthrow of  democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi, a senior Brotherhood member, last July after mass protests against his rule.
 
Security forces have mounted a tough crackdown on the Brotherhood since Morsi's fall, killing hundreds of its supporters, arresting thousands and putting leaders on trial.
 
The Brotherhood says it is committed to peaceful resistance to the army-backed government. The death sentence against Badie, 70, is likely to fuel growing concerns that young members of the movement could resort to violence against the state.
 
The mass death sentences, which rights groups say are the largest worldwide in recent history, have raised new questions about Egypt's commitment to democracy three years after a popular uprising forced autocratic president Hosni Mubarak to step down.
 
The United Nations' top human rights official added to an avalanche of criticism of the sentences, which the United States has called “unconscionable”.
 
“It is outrageous that for the second time in two months, the Sixth Chamber of the Criminal Court in Al-Minya has imposed the death sentence on huge groups of defendants after perfunctory trials,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement.
 
International guarantees of a fair trial “appear to be increasingly trampled upon” in Egypt, Pillay said, noting that 529 people were sentenced to death by the same court in March.
 
She said the mass trial had clearly breached international law requiring due process.

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by: ali baba from: new york
April 29, 2014 11:58 AM
Muslim brotherhood had inflicted a a great damage to Egypt economy. It seems to me that the fanatic will not stop until the Egypt Economy is totally collapse. These Muslim brotherhood are mentally ill and psychopath . if they keep their deadly activities , many of them will be executed. They never learn from previous experience in other country such as Syria, Sudan ,Lebanon .I believe that American Psych rites should include a new name in the list of severely mental disorder ..that disorder is Muslim brotherhood syndrome

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