CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court, which is hearing the trial of former President Mohamed Morsi and others in the 2011 Wadi al-Natroun prison break case, has sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed el-Beltagy to six years in prison and a 20,000 EGP ($2,795) fine for insulting the judiciary.
Beltagy, along with Morsi and 129 other defendants, is accused of escaping from Wadi al-Natroun Prison in January 2011. The court Saturday adjourned the trial to Jan. 10 to continue listening to defense pleas.
During the Saturday trial session, Youm7 reported Beltagy complained about the injustice of court procedures, and the court kicked him out of the day’s proceedings for his refusal to remain quiet.
The prosecution then demanded the court punish Beltagy for what it saw as an insult when Beltagy told Judge Shaban el-Shamy “this is unfair.”
In the prison break case, the defendants are: Saad Katatni, former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and former Brotherhood leaders Beltagy, Safwat Hegazy and controversial fugitive cleric Youssef Qaradawi. They are accused of damaging and setting fire to prison buildings, murder, attempted murder and the looting of prison weapons.
They are also accused of freeing alleged members of Hezbollah, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and jihadists.
Additional reporting by Ahmed Ismail