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Egypt: Alexandria Court Jails 44 Muslim Brotherhood Members

Egypt: Alexandria Court Jails 44 Muslim Brotherhood Members

Sunday, 12 May, 2019 - 09:45
Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is seen behind bars during his trial at a court in Cairo. (Reuters file photo)

The Alexandria Criminal Court on Saturday sentenced five people to life in prison for joining the Muslim Brotherhood and jailed 39 others for 15 years on the same charges.

The case dates back to 2018, when 44 people were arrested for vandalism and threatening people in the el-Soyoof area of Alexandria.

The prosecution charged the defendants with joining a banned group, possessing flammable materials, setting cars ablaze and assaulting citizens. They also carried out demonstrations and distributed leaflets bearing the slogans of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Rabea sign.

In related news, the Cairo Criminal Court postponed the re-trial of ousted former president Mohamed Morsi and 28 others to May 19 in the case known as the "illegal crossing of eastern borders.”

The re-trial was ordered after the Supreme Court of Cassation in November overturned the sentences to execute Morsi, Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, and his deputy Rashad al-Bayoumi, Muhayy Hamed, Mohammed Saad al-Katatni. Over 20 others were sentenced to life imprisonment.

Prosecutors accuse the defendants of illegally crossing the eastern borders, attacking security and policing facilities, and killing police officers in collaboration with the international Muslim Brotherhood organizations and Lebanese Hezbollah party during the January 2011 revolution.

Meanwhile, the Court of Cassation supported the 10-year prison sentence against Mohamed Badie, and three-year imprisonment for the other defendants in a case referred to as the “Beni Suef” events.

The ruling stated that the appellant joined an organization with the purpose to disrupt the provisions of the constitution and the law, prevent state institutions from carrying out their work and attack the personal freedom of citizens and the public rights guaranteed by the constitution.

The prosecution also accused the defendants of joining a group established contrary to the law, possession of weapons and ammunition, destruction of public property of the state, intimidation of citizens and the prevention of state institutions from operating.

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