Egyptian Former presidential candidate jailed for 15 years

egyptian former presidential candidate jailed for 15 years
egyptian former presidential candidate jailed for 15 years

An Egyptian court sentenced former presidential contender Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and many prominent members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to hefty prison terms on charges of state overthrow plotting.

The court verdict stated that Aboul Fotouh, who is in his early seventies and suffers from multiple medical issues, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, subject to appeal.

According to rights groups, thousands of Egyptian politicians, activists, and journalists are incarcerated following unfair trials or without legal justification.

Aboul Fotouh left the Muslim Brotherhood in 2011 due to disagreements over the role of religion in politics. In 2012, he launched an independent run for the presidency under the banner of his centrist Strong Egypt party.

Later, the interior ministry accused him of meeting with Brotherhood leaders in order to incite disturbance, a claim he disputed.

He was jailed in February 2018, a month prior to President Abdel Fattah al-re-election, Sisi’s after giving interviews that were very critical of the president.

Others sentenced on Sunday include Aboul Fotouh’s deputy, Mohamed al-Qassas, who received a 10-year sentence, Mahmoud Ezzat, the former acting Brotherhood leader detained in Cairo in 2020, who received a 15-year sentence, and Ibrahim Mounir, an exiled Brotherhood leader, who received a life sentence.

Egypt banned the Muslim Brotherhood after then-army leader Sisi led the 2013 removal of democratically elected Brotherhood president Mohamed Mursi.

Authorities accuse the Brotherhood of fostering militancy and subversion, something the Brotherhood vehemently refutes.

Mursi passed away in 2019 after collapsing in a prison trial, while other leaders of the party were imprisoned or fled the country as a result of a broad assault on political dissent that included liberal and Islamist adversaries.

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