The Cairo Criminal Court has sentenced an Al-Azhar University student to 10 years in prison and five professors to life imprisonment for communicating with and providing logistical assistance to the banned Muslim Brotherhood organisation.
The verdict can be appealed before the Court of Cassation.
Investigations revealed that the defendants plotted to recruit new Al-Azhar University students who were unknown by security services with the aim of carrying out “revolutionary acts” inside and outside of the university in support of the Brotherhood.
The defendants planned to achieve this by providing financial support and covering residential and study expenses for the new recruits.
The cell organised their communications through social media networks and telephones, according to investigators.
The Muslim Brotherhood was designated a terrorist organisation by the Egyptian government in November 2013.