A Cairo High State Security Emergency Criminal Court sentenced Hassan Malek, a businessman affiliated with the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, to 25 years in prison on Tuesday.
Malek, his son Hamza, and 22 others were accused of joining a terrorist group and plotting to harm the national economy by hoarding hard currency and smuggling it abroad. They were also charged with planning to assault police and army personnel.
Malik, Hamza, and five others were sentenced to 25 years, three defendants were sentenced to 10 years, and 14 were acquitted.
Malek’s assets have been frozen since September 2014, when a Cairo criminal court upheld a decision by the prosecutor-general to freeze the assets of prominent Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
Since the 1990s, Malek has been considered one of the most prominent Muslim Brotherhood businessmen along with his business partner, the now-jailed deputy chairman of the Brotherhood in Egypt, Khairat El-Shater.
Malek’s commercial and industrial ventures included textile manufacturing, electrical supplies, and furniture.