Today, Wednesday, an Egyptian court issued a preliminary sentence to death 6 members of the Muslim Brotherhood on several charges, including the killing of policemen in 2016, while it was decided on December 5 to re-try Mahmoud Ezzat, deputy guide of the group after his recent arrest.
According to pro-government local media outlets, the Zagazig Criminal Court (northern Egypt) sentenced 6 members of the Brotherhood to death by hanging for killing a number of policemen, as well as 10 years imprisonment against 6 other convicts, and 5 years imprisonment against the seventh accused in the same case. .
The events of the case date back to 2016, when the security forces arrested 13 opponents of the coup and accused them of several charges that they denied altogether, including forming a terrorist cell aimed at spreading chaos and killing policemen.
The past years have witnessed many human rights criticisms against Egypt, whether with regard to the arrest of thousands of opponents, or the issuance and execution of death sentences for some of them, but the Egyptian authorities reject these criticisms and say that they adhere to the law in the face of those who violate it.
Mahmoud Ezzat’s trial
On the other hand, lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud said that the Cairo Criminal Court has set the 5th of next December to retry Mahmoud Ezzat, deputy guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, after his recent arrest.
This includes the two cases known in the media as “communicating with Hamas” and escaping from Wadi al-Natroun prison, in which two death sentences were issued against him in absentia, noting that Izzat, who is 76 years old, also faces two life sentences (25 years) in the cases of the Guidance Bureau and violence in the governorate. Minya.
Ezzat assumed the position of acting guide of the group in August 2013 after the arrest of the guide Mohamed Badie, days after the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda field sit-ins in Greater Cairo following the military coup led by the current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi when he was defense minister on July 3. July 2013 and led to the suspension of the constitution and the dismissal of the elected president, Mohamed Morsi, who was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Since that time, the group has not announced his whereabouts, his state of health, or how he managed the group, but it denied in a rumor that local media circulated of his death in July 2019, before he was arrested last month in a house east of the capital Cairo.
The leaders and members of the Brotherhood deny before the judiciary the validity of the accusations directed against them of practicing terrorism and violence, and the group says that it is committed to peace in protesting the military coup that overthrew the late President Morsi after one year in the presidency, knowing that another sector of Egyptians view the matter as being biased against The army led to popular protests against Morsi’s rule on June 30, 2013.