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Wednesday September 30, 2020

Egypt .. Death sentences and setting a session for the trial of the Brotherhood’s deputy guide

The World – Egypt

According to local pro-government media outlets, the Zagazig Criminal Court (northern Egypt) sentenced 6 members of the Brotherhood to death by hanging for killing a number of policemen, and it also imposed 10 years imprisonment against 6 other convicts, and 5 years imprisonment against the seventh accused in the same case. .

The events of the case date back to 2016, when the security forces arrested 13 opponents of Sisi, accusing them of several charges that they denied altogether, including the formation of a terrorist cell aimed at spreading chaos and killing policemen.

The past years have witnessed many human rights criticisms against Egypt, whether in relation to the arrest of thousands of opponents, or the issuance and execution of death sentences for some of them, but the Egyptian authorities reject these criticisms and say that they adhere to the law in the face of those who violate it.

On the other hand, lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud said that the Cairo Criminal Court has set the fifth of next December to retry Mahmoud Ezzat, deputy guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, after his recent arrest.

This includes the two cases known in the media as “communicating with Hamas” and escaping from Wadi Al-Natroun prison, in which two death sentences were issued against him in absentia, noting that Izzat, who is 76 years old, also faces two life sentences (25 years) in the cases of the Guidance Bureau and violence in the governorate. Minya.

Ezzat assumed the position of acting guide of the group in August 2013 after the arrest of the guide Muhammad Badi, days after the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda square sit-ins in Greater Cairo in 2013 due to the dismissal of the elected president, Mohamed Morsi, who was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Since that time, the group has not announced his whereabouts, his health status, or how he managed the group, but it denied in a rumor that local media circulated of his death in July 2019, before he was arrested last month in a house in the east of the capital, Cairo.

The leaders and members of the Brotherhood deny before the courts the accusations against them of practicing terrorism and violence, and the group says it is committed to peace in its protests.

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