CAIRO: The Cassation Court upheld Wednesday prison terms given to Muslim Brotherhood members on charges of torturing a lawyer in Tahrir Square in 2011, Youm7 reported.
Egypt’s top court rejected the appeal of Mohamed el-Beltagy, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, Safwat Hegazy, an Islamist preacher, Hazem Farouq, a former Brotherhood member of parliament, and Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour, who was tried in absentia, against a 15-year prison term handed down to them in October 2014.
Mahmoud al-Khodeiry, former deputy head of the Cassation Court, former Youth Minister Osama Yassin and former MPs Amr Zaki and Mohsen Rady—all of whom are affiliated with the Brotherhood—were also sentenced to three years in prison for being implicated in the case.
Lawyer Osama Kamal filed the lawsuit in 2011, but investigations only began after the military ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. He complained that in February 2011, someone stopped him at the entrance of Tahrir Square and asked for his ID. Since he did not have his ID at the time, a group of men accused him of being a State Security Investigations Service officer and detained him inside a tourist company at the square. He alleged he was then tortured for three days.
Protesters during the January 25 Revolution, which led to the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, 2011, did in fact guard the entrance of their famous sit-in at Tahrir Square by searching and screening the IDs of people coming in.