Former minister sentenced to 2 years in prison for hiding MB leader
former Minister of Manpower Khaled al-Azhary - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A court in Giza sentenced on Sunday former Minister of Manpower Khaled al-Azhari and former parliamentarian Gamal al-Ashry to two years of labor in prison for hiding Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed el-Beltagy, Youm7 reported.

The court acquitted Ibrahim Farahat, the owner of the house in which the two defendants were found in a village in Giza, on Aug. 19, 2013, Youm7 reported.

The prosecution will appeal the verdict because they believe Farahat should also be implicated in the crime, head of Giza prosecution Mark Nagy told Youm7.

Witnesses told Veto Gate that Beltagy entered the house during a protest organized by Brotherhood supporters in the village.

Refat Abdallah, a resident of the village, told Veto Gate last August 30 that Farahat is a Salafist preacher but is not involved in politics. The Brotherhood “embroiled” him, Abdallah said.

Yasser Shakal, another resident of the village, told Youm7 on August 29 that the house was abandoned and that Farahat lived in a different house.

Farahat disappeared after Beltagy was detained, but was arrested on Sept. 16, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Beltagy appeared at the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in several times before it was forcibly dispersed on August 14, according to media reports.

Several cases have been filed against Beltagy on charges including the abduction and torture of citizens at the Rabaa sit-in, and at the Ithadeya presidential palace in December 2012, according to media reports.

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