Senior Brotherhood figure handed 6-year jail term

Al-Beltagi was attending a session of his trial on charges of breaking his jail cell and escaping during the 2011 uprising when the court accused him of offending the judiciary

Senior Brotherhood figure handed 6-year jail term

World Bulletin/News Desk

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader to six years in jail after it accused him of offending the judiciary.

Mohamed al-Beltagi, the head of the Cairo office of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, was attending a session of his trial on charges of breaking his jail cell and escaping during the 2011 popular uprising in Egypt when the court accused him of offending the judiciary, according to a judicial source.

Tried with al-Beltagi in the same jailbreak case is ousted President Mohamed Morsi and scores of other Brotherhood leaders and members.

On Saturday, al-Beltagi asked court judges to thoroughly review CDs of phone conversations among several government figures on Morsi's detention place following his ouster in July of last year.

He added that the desire of the judges not to review the CDs in detail amounted to "injustice", which was considered offensive by the court.

The court then sentenced him to six years in jail, the judicial source said.

Osama al-Helw, a lawyer of the Brotherhood defendants in the case, said he and fellow defense team members would appeal the verdict.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected leader, was ousted by the military in 2013 – after only one year in office – following protests against his presidency.

He currently faces four separate trials for multiple criminal charges, including espionage, jailbreak and "offending the judiciary."

Morsi, like his co-defendants, insists that the charges against him are politically driven.

On Saturday, the court adjourned until January 10 the jailbreak trial.

 

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