Egypt emergency court jails 5 Brotherhood members

An Egyptian emergency court sentenced five Muslim Brotherhood members to prison on charges of funding an "illegal group".

Egypt emergency court jails 5 Brotherhood members

An Egyptian emergency court sentenced five Muslim Brotherhood members to prison on Saturday on charges of funding an "illegal group".

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is the country's biggest opposition group with a wide grassroots base.

The group's members can run in elections as independents but scores are periodically arrested in security sweeps, a state tactic they say is meant to curb their political clout.

The Supreme State Criminal Security Court sentenced Ossama Mohamed Suleiman, the only one of the five in police custody, to three years in jail.

The rest, including one Saudi national, were convicted to five to eight years in absentia.

The ruling cannot be appealed.

The charges are based on a law passed in 2002, and are considered difficult to prove.

The accused were among 32 Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members arrested - the rest of whom were later released.



Agencies

Last Mod: 09 Ocak 2011, 14:07
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