A Cairo court sentenced Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and several other Islamic leaders to long prison terms.
An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced former presidential candidate Abdul Monem Aboul Foto and several prominent figures from the outlaw Muslim Brotherhood to long prison terms on charges of “spreading”, according to Agence France-Presse and Reuters. fake news” and plotting to overthrow the country. .
Aboul Fotouh, 70, who suffers from multiple medical conditions, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, subject to appeal, according to his family, a court ruled on Sunday.
Mohamed al-Qassas, deputy chairman of Aboul Fotouh’s powerful Egypt party, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Mahmoud Ezzat, the fraternity’s former top director, was also sentenced to 15 years in prison, having already received multiple life sentences on other charges.
Human rights groups have repeatedly criticized Egypt’s mass sentence and called on authorities to ensure a fair trial.
The groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, say the arrests and trials of people like Aboul Fotouh and el-Kassas are part of the government’s crackdown on dissent, not only targeting Islamic political opponents, but also democracy activists, journalists, and online critic.
Aboul Fotouh is a former senior Brotherhood leader who was fired from the group when he decided to run in Egypt’s presidential election in 2011. He and el-Kassas were detained in February 2018 after harsh criticism of President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi’s government.
A Cairo court also sentenced Moaz el-Sharqawi to 10 years in prison on similar charges, including joining the illegal Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt designated a “terrorist” organization in 2013.
Egypt banned the Muslim Brotherhood after massive protests in 2013 when the then army chief, led by Sisi, overthrew the democratically elected chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Morsi.
Morsi died in 2019 after collapsing in a prison court, while other leaders of the group have been jailed or left the country for a broad crackdown on political dissidents that extends to liberal and Islamist critics .