Beltagy sentenced one year for contempt of court in Ithadeya trial, January 25
Mohamed el-Beltagy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagy was sentenced to one year of labor for contempt of court at the Cairo Criminal Court Saturday; the Ithadeya case was adjourned to Sunday, April 20.

The court heard today the testimonies of two officers from the national security apparatus on the ousted President Mohamed Morsi and 14 other defendants, who are charged with inciting violence and killing protesters outside the Ithadeya Presidential Palace on Dec. 5, 2012.

The clashes erupted between Brotherhood supporters and protesters following Morsi’s constitutional declaration issued in November 2012.

The prisoners were transmitted amid tight security to the sound proof glass cage Saturday, while the defendants waved the four fingered “Rabaa” salute and turned their back to the court, Youm7 reported.

The cage has been used in the trial to muffle the voices of the defendants, who have said that they reject the authority of the interim government as well as the legitimacy of their trial.

The defendants include Mohamed Morsi, former Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, Freedom and Justice Party Chairman Saad Katatni, senior Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagy and Freedom and Justice Party Deputy Chairman Essam el-Erian, among others.

Morsi also stands trial in three other cases: insulting the judicial body, jailbreak for his prison escape during the January 25 Revolution, and espionage for working with foreign Islamist groups, including Hamas, to cause chaos in Egypt.

Morsi has remained in custody since his July 3, 2013 ouster, and until his first court appearance on Nov. 4, 2013, his place of detention was unidentified.

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