Egypt jails brotherhood leader Beltagi
Egypt jails 8, including ex-minister, on 'torture' charges

An Egyptian court on Saturday slapped eight people, including a former minister and former judge, with jail terms on "torture" charges during the 2011 revolution that ousted autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.

The court jailed two Brotherhood members, including senior group leader Mohamed Beltagi, Salafist preacher Safwat Hegazi and Al-Jazeera presenter Ahmed Mansour for 15 years for "torturing" a lawyer near Cairo's Tahrir Square during the 2011 uprising, a judicial source said.

Four other people, including prominent former judge Mahmoud al-Khudeiry, former youth minister Osama Yassin, were also slapped with three-year jail terms each on the same charges.

All defendants in the case – except for Mansour, who is currently abroad – are in police custody.

Egyptian Prosecutor-General Hisham Barakat has asked both his Qatari counterpart and Interpol to hand over Mansour – an Egyptian national – to Cairo to face the charges against him.

Last Modified: 2014-10-12 09:31:44
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