20 years in prison for Beltagy and Hegazy in policemen torture case
Mohamed al-Beltagy (R) and Safwat Hegazy (L) raising the Rabaa sign during their trial - YOUM7/Maher Iskandar

CAIRO:  Former Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed al-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy were sentenced to 20 years in prison by the Cairo Criminal Court Tuesday, convicted of capturing and torturing policemen inside the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in in 2013, according to Youm7.

The victims were Mohamed Farouk, a police officer from the Heliopolis police station, and assistant Hani Eid, who were on duty during a Brotherhood protest, and said they were kidnapped by the defendants’ men.

On Aug. 6, Judge Hamada el-Sawy, a member of the Cairo Criminal Court, headed an investigative mission to inspect the location where the reported crimes had taken place, accompanied by the victims, who were asked to visualize their story. It was a ballroom which was turned into a field hospital during the sit-ins, Youm7 claimed.

A reporter for Dream TV named Mohamed Badr was a main witness in the case, and had testified against the defendants, saying he had seen Farouk with bruises and saw him going in the ballroom, hearing Beltagy dismissing “those who have nothing to do here” as some security guards closed the doors.

Badr did testify he witnessed the actual torture, but provided images he had captured on his mobile phone to the court, Youm7 reported on July 22. Amid other claims were that the MB leaders were inciting to murder the cops; one of the victims had testified in court that he heard Beltagy rejecting the idea of their killing, fearing public opinion.

Beltagy and Hegazy were in control of most operations in side Rabaa, security controls, and speeches. Hegazy had appeared in a video following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi saying “we challenge the police to try and disperse this sit-in; we will be ready for them.”

Additional reporting by Mohamed Abdel Razek.

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