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Court sentences Muslim Brotherhood defendants to 5 years in Qalyub highway blocking case

Sentenced defendants include Muslim Brotherhood cleric Abdel-Rahman Al-Bar


The Shubra El-Kheima Criminal Court sentenced Thursday three Muslim Brotherhood members to five years in prison in the case of blocking Qalyub highway. The sentenced defendants include Abdel-Rahman Al-Bar, the group’s top cleric, local media reported.

The case involved 47 Brotherhood members, including leading figures such as Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badie, Freedom and Justice Party secretary general Mohamed Al-Beltagy, and conservative preacher Safwat Hegazy and former minister of supply Bassem Ouda.

At least two people were killed when a large protest erupted in July 2013 in the town of Qalyub against the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, ending in violent clashes between protesters, security forces, and other residents.

In July 2014, the court sentenced 10 people in absentia to death by hanging on charges of murder, inciting violence, and blocking a road. The verdict was revoked for the defendants who presented themselves to the court, including Al-Bar.

The court had also handed 37 others life sentences (25 years in prison) and ordered them to pay a fine worth EGP 20,000. Among those sentenced to life in prison were Badie, Al-Beltagy, and Hegazy.

The Cassation Court upheld the life in jail sentences in October 2016.

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