By Sayed Fathi, and Mohamed al-Rayes</p> <p>CAIRO (AA) - An Egyptian court on Wednesday slapped six people, including the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood group, with life sentences for violence-related charges, according to a local judicial source. </p> <p>The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Mohamed Badie, his deputy Khairat el-Shater and four other people to life in prison, the source said. </p> <p>The defendants face charges including planning protests and shooting fire over acts that took place in 2013 following the ouster of democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi in a military coup. </p> <p>The court also acquitted former parliamentary speaker Saad al-Katatni and leading members of Essam al-Erian and Mohammed al-Beltagy in the same case. </p> <p>Wednesday's verdicts are still subject to appeal. </p> <p>Egyptian authorities have launched a relentless crackdown on dissent since Morsi’s ouster, killing hundreds and sending thousands behind bars on violence-related charges.