FILE - The Cairo Criminal Court
CAIRO - 22 November 2017: The Cairo Criminal Court upheld on Wednesday a verdict to temporarily freeze the assets of 16 suspects accused of espionage for Turkey.
They are facing charges of joining a terrorist organisation, using the country’s phone networks illegally for distance calls, money laundering, and illegal currency trading.
Earlier in the day, Prosecutor General Nabil Ahmed Sadek ordered 29 suspects to be remanded in custody pending investigations over charges of collaborating with Turkey.
Investigations, held by the General Intelligence, revealed that members of the Turkish security and intelligence bodies collaborated with the international Muslim Brotherhood organization to prepare a scheme to enable the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood group to seize power by disrupting State institutions.
Investigations also revealed that defendants bypassed international calls through the internet beyond the legal international gateways and with the help of Turkish servers to report negative and positive developments in Egypt and views of different walks of society towards what is taking place in the country.
The prosecution ordered bugging these international calls to reveal that many companies were used by these elements as a cover-up of their money laundering activities.
Bypassing international calls beyond licensed networks or gateways) was considered a violation of the provisions of Article (21) of Egypt Telecommunication Regulation Law No. 10/2003 that stipulated that it is prohibited to establish or operate Telecommunication Networks, provide Telecommunication Services, by-pass international telephone calls or announce any of these without obtaining a license from the NTRA.
According to investigations, the suspects also used some media platforms, that are transmitted from abroad, to fabricate stories on Egypt to turn public opinion against the State.
Police raided the houses of the suspects and seized a number of devices used to bypass international calls.