Egypt Court Sentences Top Muslim Brotherhood Leader to Life in Prison

Mahmud Ezzat, acting leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood society, speaks during a trial session at the make-shift courtroom at the Torah Police Institute on the southern outskirts of Egypt’s capital Cairo on February 3, 2021. – Egypt on February 8 sentenced Ezzat, the 76-year-old top leader of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, to life imprisonment after being found guilty of “terrorism”, the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper said. (Photo by Khaled KAMEL / AFP)

An Egypt court has sentenced acting Muslim Brotherhood leader Mahmoud Ezzat to life in prison over national security charges.

The verdict is considered a first-degree ruling that can be appealed. A life sentence in Egypt carries 25 years in jail.

Egypt’s Public Prosecution charged Ezzat and other defendants with storming Egyptian prisons and collaborating with the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood’s international leadership, and the Lebanese Hezbollah group to create chaos and topple the Egyptian state.

He was also indicted for receiving military training from Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps to launch military attacks in Egypt.

Ezzat, arrested in August 2020, was named the Muslim Brotherhood’s acting supreme guide in August 2013, replacing Mohamed Badie who currently serves a life sentence over violence charges.

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In his trial that began as far back as 2011, Ezzat was first handed a death sentence in absentia in June 2015.

Under Egyptian law, however, in-absentia convictions must be retried once the defendant is apprehended.

Over the past several years, Ezzat was given multiple prison sentences over charges of murder, terrorism, collaboration with foreign organizations and disclosing information pertaining to Egypt’s national security.

Egypt designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization in 2013.


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