Muslim Brotherhood leader Mahmoud Ezzat – File Photo
CAIRO- 19 December 2021: A Cairo Court sentenced acting leader of the outlawed Muslim brotherhood Mahmoud Ezzat, along with other co-defendants, to life imprisonment (25 years in jail) for charges of spying for Hamas.
According to the prosecution, Ezzat and other members of the banned group have been charged with storming the Egyptian eastern borders, attacking security institutions, plotting with Hamas and the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hezbollah to create chaos in Egypt to bring down the authorities.
On 29 August 2020, Mahmoud Ezzat got arrested during a security raid on an apartment in Cairo after having been on the run for seven years. Despite misleading information regarding his whereabouts, security services were able to locate Ezzat, 76, who is also the head of the Brotherhood's International Organization.
In April 2021, Ezzat was sentenced to life imprisonment in another case dubbed in media as “Guidance Bureau Incidents” for the charges of murdering, attempting murder, inciting violence in incidents that took place on June 30, 2013, and resulted in the killing of 9 people and injuring 91 others.
Ezzat was sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia in 2015 for the above-mentioned charges for the clashes that took place outside the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Mokkatam district in Cairo.