World Bulletin/News Desk
An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced a former minister under ousted president Mohamed Morsi and a former lawmaker to two years in prison each on charges of harboring Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagi before the latter was arrested last year.
The misdemeanor court sentenced Khaled al-Azhari, former minister of manpower, and former MP Gamal al-Ashri to two years for providing a shelter for al-Beltagi who was wanted for multiple charges, judicial sources said.
Al-Beltagi was arrested last August at an apartment in a western Cairo, two weeks after security forces forcibly dispersed two major sit-ins by Morsi supporters in Cairo and Giza.
The Brotherhood leader, whose teenage daughter was killed among hundreds in the protest dispersals, faces several trials on violence-related charges.
Egyptian authorities have unleashed a sustained crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since the military ousted Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, on July 3 following mass protests against him.
Most of the group's leaders are currently detained on multiple charges. However, they dismiss all the accusations against them as politically motivated.
Last Mod: 30 Mart 2014, 16:46