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26 Brotherhood figures get 3 years in jail for insulting court

Defendants chanted against court's legitimacy in Sunday's session

Sunday 30 Nov 2014
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File photo: Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie (R) and Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam El-Erian (C) gesture during their trial at a court in Cairo, August 30, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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A Cairo criminal court has sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 25 others to three years in jail and fines of LE10,000 each for contempt of court.

The defendants, including ousted president Mohamed Morsi, are on trial for breaking out of prison during the 2011 uprising.

The court on Sunday sentenced the 26 defendants – with the exception of Morsi – after they chanted "void!" in the courtroom.

Among those charged, in addition to Badie, were leading Brotherhood figures Saad El-Katanany, Saad El-Hosseiny, Essam El-Erian and Mohamed El-Beltagy.

The trial was adjourned to 20 December.

In Sunday's session, the representative of the State Lawsuits Authority demanded that the defendants pay LE1 billion as compensation to the government for losses in public property during the prison breaks of January 2011.

Morsi and 130 co-defendants face charges of damaging and setting fire to prison buildings and looting prison weapons depots while allowing members of Gaza rulers Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Brotherhood to break out of jails on 28 January 2011.

The charges are linked to the escape of more than 20,000 inmates from three Egyptian prisons during the early days of the 2011 popular uprising.

They are also accused of murder and attempted murder.

Prosecutors said over 800 fighters from Gaza and Hezbollah infiltrated Egypt and used RPGs and heavy armaments to storm three prisons in order to free their prisoners and those from the Muslim Brotherhood.

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30-11-2014 07:18pm
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The most brutial rullar in the presnt word. Mr. sis
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