Egyptian Court Sentences Former Presidential Candidate to 15 Years at Hard Labor

An Egyptian court has sentenced former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh to 15 years in prison at hard labor for the blanket accusation of “spreading false news and plotting to overthrow the state”.

Fotouh, 70, who who was arrested in 2018, was sentenced alongside 24 others, including Mohamed al-Qassas, the deputy head of of Muslim Brotherhood party, who received a 10-year sentence.

Mahmoud Ezzat, the acting leader of the Brotherhood, who already serving life sentence on other charges, was also sentenced to 15 years in jail.  

Another member of the Brotherhood, Moaz el-Sharqawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison on similar charges of plotting to overthrow the state.

According to prosecutors, Fotouh was found guilty of hindering the constitution and also found guilty of colluding with foreign entities to destabilize Egypt. 

The government of Egypt also designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization in 2013, and added Fotouh, Ezzat and el-Kassas to the country’s terror list.

However, right groups have repeatedly criticized such mass sentencing in Egypt and frequently called on the authorities to ensure fair trials.

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