Court approves surgery for Brotherhood leader El-Erian

Ahram Online , Monday 2 Jun 2014

Essam El-Erian - on trial for espionage - will be allowed to have back surgery, a Cairo court rules

A Cairo criminal court ordered on Monday that prominent Muslim Brotherhood figure Essam El-Erian – currently on trial on espionage charges – be granted medical treatment as requested in prior court sessions.

El-Erian, who has requested surgery for a herniated disc, is currently on trial along with 35 Brotherhood members over charges of collaborating with foreign organisations to commit acts of terrorism in Egypt as well as revealing defence secrets to a foreign country, funding terrorists and organising military training "to achieve the purposes of the international organisation of the Brotherhood".

The trial which also includes former president Mohamed Morsi was postponed on Monday to 16 June.

Several Brotherhood leaders are currently behind bars following a security crackdown that has seen thousands of the group's members and sympathisers arrested following Morsi's ouster last July.


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