A Cairo court sentences Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and several other Islamist leaders to long prison terms.
An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and several banned Muslim Brotherhood figures to long prison terms for ‘spreading false news’ and plotting to overthrow the state, the agency reports. France-Presse and the Reuters news agency. .
Aboul Fotouh, 70, who suffers from several pathologies according to his family, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on appeal, the judgment announced on Sunday.
Mohamed al-Qassas, deputy leader of Aboul Fotouh’s Strong Egypt party, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Mahmoud Ezzat, former Supreme Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, was also sentenced to 15 years in prison. He is already serving several life sentences for other charges.
Rights groups have repeatedly criticized such mass sentencing in Egypt and called on authorities to ensure fair trials.
The groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, say the arrests and trials of people like Aboul Fotouh and el-Kassas are part of a government crackdown on dissent that has targeted not only Islamist political opponents, but also activists. pro-democracy, journalists, and online critics.
Aboul Fotouh is a former senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood who was sacked from the group in 2011 when he decided to run in the Egyptian presidential elections. He and el-Kassas were arrested in February 2018 after strongly criticizing the government of President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi.
The Cairo court also sentenced Moaz el-Sharqawi to 10 years in prison on similar charges, including membership in a banned group, the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt labeled a “terrorist” organization in 2013.
Egypt banned the Muslim Brotherhood after Sisi, then army chief, led the overthrow of democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Mursi following mass protests in 2013.
Morsi died after collapsing in a prison courtroom in 2019, while other leaders of the group were jailed or left the country following a wide-ranging crackdown on political dissent which has extended to liberal and Islamist critics.