15-year sentence for MB torture charges
Mohamed al-Beltagy (R) and Safwat Hegazy (L) raising the Rabaa sign during their trial - YOUM7/Maher Iskandar

CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed al-Beltagy, Safwat Hegazy, and Al-Jazeera presenter Ahmed Mansour, were sentenced by court Saturday to 15 years in prison for torturing a lawyer; defense lawyer Ashraf Omran told Youm7 Saturday they will appeal the sentence.

The trial began in January based on the public prosecution reception a report in 2011 from lawyer Osama Kamal accusing Beltagy, Hegazi, Amr Zaki, Hazem Farouk and Mohsen Rady, the former Minister of Youth Osama Yassin, the head of the Legislation Committee of the dissolved 2012 parliament Mahmoud El Khodary, of torturing him while he was participating in the January 25 Revolution.

The lawyer claimed that the accused pulled him into a tourism company in Tahrir Square where he was detained for three days.

The Cairo Criminal Court resumed Saturday, and will continue Monday the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and 14 of his aides in the case known as the Ithadeya clashes, in which the defendants face charges of ordering the use of force on protesters in front of the presidential palace Dec.5 2012, killing at least 10.

State security, army and police officers and security guards testified against Morsi and his assistants, saying that they had refused to obey Morsi’s orders for violence but that the Muslim Brotherhood members shot protesters, assaulted others and attempted to detain them inside the palace, according to different testimonies reported by Al-Masry Al-Youm last week.

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