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Lawyer: Claims against Muslim Brotherhood leaders 'contradictory'

Muslim Brotherhood acting leader, Mahmoud Ezzat
Mahmoud Ezzat, the Muslim Brotherhood acting leader, 29 August 2020 [Ghaith/Twitter]

Claims being made against Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt are "contradictory", Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported a defence attorney saying yesterday.

Calling for his client, former acting Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mahmoud Ezzat, to be acquitted, Muntaser Al-Zayyat said the claims against him "are contradictory and lack material proofs."

The Egyptian Public Prosecution set 19 December for Izzat's retrial on charges of "spying with Hamas".

Ezzat, 77, was arrested in August 2020 after hiding out in an apartment in eastern Cairo since 2013, where he took the position of acting leader of the Muslim Brotherhood after Mohammed Badie was arrested in August 2013, according to Reuters.

He was accused of spying with Hamas and planning to carry out attacks against the state and people in order to cause chaos and undermine the country.

In 2013, then-army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi ousted the country's first democratically elected President, the late Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood figure, in a bloody military coup. Since then, the group has been outlawed and many of its leadership, members, and supporters have been jailed.

Badie remains in prison in Cairo, where he has received several life sentences. Morsi died after collapsing in a prison courtroom in June 2019.

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