Court finds Muslim Brotherhood Leader (Mahmoud Ezzat), guilty of ‘terror’ acts.
A senior leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group has been convicted on “terror” charges and sentenced to life in prison, reported by the state’s media.
According to the Middle East News Agency owned by the state, a Cairo court on Thursday found Mahmoud Ezzat, the acting supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, guilty of “terror acts” that followed the military overthrow of Egypt’s first democratically elected president in 2013, Mohamed Morsi.
Ezzat was allegedly sentenced on charges of inciting violence and supplying firearms during clashes outside the Brotherhood’s headquarters between its supporters and opponents in 2013, Reuters news agency reported, citing a judicial source. Other senior members of the Brotherhood, the country’s oldest Islamist organization, have been sentenced to life in prison in the same case.
Ezzat’s lawyer made no immediate comment. At the time of Ezzat’s arrest, the Brotherhood said he had been pursued on “false political charges”.
76-year-old Muslim Brotherhood Leader was arrested Last summer after police found him hiding in an apartment on the outskirts of Cairo, the latest blow to the movement that has been the target of a crackdown.
According to authorities at the time, a search of the apartment uncovered computers and mobile phones with encrypted software that allowed him to communicate with group members in Egypt and abroad. Documents with “destructive plans” were also found, police said.
Muslim Brotherhood Leader had been at large since the summer of 2013 after the military removed Morsi, who hailed from Brotherhood ranks.
Morsi’s short-lived rule proved divisive and provoked mass protests nationwide. The former president died after collapsing in court during one of his trials in June 2019.
Muslim Brotherhood Leader was believed to have fled the country along with many of the group’s leaders following the crackdown on their organization.
Mahmoud Ezzat( Muslim Brotherhood Leader ) was an influential former deputy to Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and considered a hardliner within the group. He became acting leader after Badie’s arrest in August 2013.
He was previously convicted of several crimes related to “terror” and sentenced twice to death in absentia. Following his arrest, he was retried, as Egyptian law dictates.
Other senior members of the group have been jailed or left the country.