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Egyptian court acquits 49 Muslim Brotherhood members of illegal protesting

The charges relate to events that took place in August 2013 in Beheria; public prosecution can appeal the verdict

Ahram Online , Thursday 10 Mar 2016
Gamal Heshmet
Prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader Gamal Heshmet (Photo: Al Ahram)
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An Egyptian court acquitted Thursday 49 Muslim Brotherhood members of illegal protesting and attempting to overthrow the ruling regime.

Some of the defendants were tried in absentia, such as prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader Gamal Heshmet - who is currently in Turkey - and former Brotherhood parliamentarians Ossama Soliman and Maher Hezima.

The case dates back to events that took place in Egypt's Delta governorate of Beheria in August 2013, one month after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

The public prosecution can appeal the verdict.

In August 2015, a military court sentenced Heshmet among 250 Muslim Brotherhood to life in prison for their involvement in violent actions that took place in Beheira following the ouster of Morsi.

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