12 Brotherhood members sentenced to prison in Egypt

Egyptian court sentences 12 supporters of Muslim Brotherhood to two-years in prison

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

After banning the Muslim Brotherhood in December 2013 following to the coup led by former general Abdel Fattah Sisi, the heavy-crackdown on its [the Muslim Brotherhood] members increased, with the final 2-years prison sentences given to 12 people by Egyptian court, AP reported.

In the long awaited verdict for Mohamed Morsi’s second and third charges, the country’s deposed first democratically elected President received the death penalty on May 16 along with 106 others for allegedly assisting a  prison break in 2011.

The cases, like any capital sentence, will be referred to Egypt's top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for an opinion before any executions can take place. The last trial was initially scheduled for June 2, after the Grand Mufti will have his final say, but was later postponed to 16 June.
Prosecutors assigned to the case charged the defendants  with collaborating with foreign organisations outside of the country, with the aim of committing illegal acts inside the country, and disclosing national secrets.

Ultimately accusing the the Muslim Brotherhood of committing acts which allegedly led to compromising the independence of the country, its unity and territorial integrity, courtroom said investigations revealed that the Muslim Brotherhood leaders are in close alliance with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas. 

The court also alleged  Hamas, the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah (which is closely related to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard) and other organizations inside and outside the country were serving as the military arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Mohamed Morsi was the Egyptian president between June 2012 and July 2013, before he was deposed by a military coup orchestrated by current president and former army chief Abdul Fattah el-Sisi.

TRTWorld and agencies