Egypt Court sentences 26 people up to 15 years in jail

Muslim Brotherhood

An Egyptian Criminal Court convicted 26 people on Thursday for joining an illegal group, namely for working with Al Jazeera and other television stations it deemed anti-government.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

The court sentenced five people to 15 years in prison, and 21 others got a five-year sentence.

Nine defendants are in custody, and 17 were tried in absentia.

Two other defendants in the case were acquitted.

The court said some of the convicted worked with the Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera, which Egyptian authorities accused of being a mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhood group.

Others were TV presenters with the Turkey-based Asharq and Mekameleen broadcasters, both established after the 2013 ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Months after Morsi’s ouster, Egyptian authorities declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation and since then they have detained thousands of people.

SOURCE: DPA

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