Egypt court sentences acting Muslim Brotherhood leader Mahmoud Ezzat to life over murder, terrorism charges

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 8 Apr 2021

Ezzat now faces two death sentences and two life imprisonment sentences in different cases

Mahmoud Ezzat
File Photo: Muslim Brotherhood acting Supreme Guide Mahmoud Ezzat after his arrest in 2020.

Cairo’s Criminal Court sentenced in a retrial on Thursday Mahmoud Ezzat, the acting supreme guide of the terrorist-designated Muslim Brotherhood, to life over murder and terrorism charges in the case known in the media as “the guidance bureau case.”

A life sentence in Egypt carries 25 years in jail.

The Cairo Criminal Court had sentenced Ezzat in 2015 in absentia to life in the case that dates back to 2013.

Defendants in the case were charged with inciting violence in the Mokattam district when anti-brotherhood protesters stormed the group’s headquarters in 2013.

They also faced charges of inciting murder, attempted murder, possessing and acquiring unlicensed weapons and ammunition, and joining an armed group that aims to intimidate people.

The incidents, according to the prosecution, caused the death of 9 people and the injury of 91 others.

The case was retried per Egyptian penal code after Ezzat was arrested in 2020.

Today's ruling against Ezzat can be appealed. 

The court in 2015 handed the death sentence to four defendants and life imprisonment sentences to 14 in the same case, including the group’s supreme guide, Mohamed Badie, and his deputy, Khairat El-Shater.

Last year, the Court of Cassation, whose rulings are final and unappealable, upheld life imprisonment sentences against Badie, El-Shater, and five others in the case.

Ezzat now faces two death sentences and two life imprisonment sentences in different cases.

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