Shawky Allam, the Grand Mufti of Egypt. (The Daily Star/Dar-Alifta.org)
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Egypt's top religious authority has rejected a death sentence proposed for the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and 13 associates for murder and violence, but was asked by a court Thursday to reconsider.Mohammad Badie, the Brotherhood's general guide, and the other defendants were sentenced on June 19, but Egyptian law requires capital sentences to be referred to Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, Egypt's highest Islamic legal official, for an opinion before any execution can take place.In a move unprecedented in Egyptian law history, the court asked the mufti to reconsider and adjourned the hearing, in which it was due to either uphold or strike down the original sentence, until Aug. 30 .
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