An Egyptian court sentences the acting Brotherhood guide, Mahmoud Ezzat, to life imprisonment


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – An Egyptian court has imposed a life sentence on the acting guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mahmoud Ezzat, on charges of “espionage with foreign parties.”

On Sunday, the government newspaper Al-Ahram said that the Supreme State Security Criminal Court had sentenced Ezzat to life imprisonment, “in Case No. 56460 of 2013.”

The newspaper reported that the court had issued a death sentence for Ezzat in absentia, but he appealed the ruling.

The Egyptian Public Prosecution had attributed to Ezzat accusations of “disclosing the defense secrets of the country to a foreign country and those who work in its interest, financing terrorism, and supervising the receipt of military training by a number of defendants in the Gaza Strip to achieve the purposes of the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, and committing acts that undermine the country’s independence, unity and territorial integrity.”

The Egyptian security forces arrested the acting guide of the Muslim Brotherhood last August, in an apartment in the Fifth Settlement area, east of Cairo, according to a statement by the Ministry of Interior.

Since December 2013, the Egyptian government has considered the Brotherhood a “terrorist organization”.

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