The Second Department of Terrorism, headed by Counselor Moataz Khafaji sentenced on Thursday acting leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood (MB) Mahmoud Ezzat, to life in prison, over charges of a case publically known as the “Guidance Bureau Events”.
The defendant faces charges of inciting violence that led to clashes took place outside the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Mokkatam district in Cairo in 2013.
Last August, the Egyptian security forces succeeded to arrest Ezzat. He was hiding at an apartment in the fifth settlement, eastern Cairo.
“The security services found computers, cell phones, and encrypted programs, as well as some organizational papers that contain sabotage planning plans in the apartment,” according to the Interior Ministry’s statement.
The statement added that “Information has been received by the National Security Sector that the fugitive Brotherhood leader Mahmoud Ezzat, the acting world guide of the Brotherhood and the official in charge of the international organization of the terrorist group, has recently taken out a residential apartment in the Fifth Settlement in New Cairo to hide inside, despite the rumors that the organization’s leaders have been saying that he is outside the country with the aim of misleading the security services.”
The Interior Ministry statement noted that after the Supreme State Security Prosecutor’s permission, the apartment was raided and the Brotherhood leader was seized, as the inspection process resulted in the seizure of many computers and mobile phones that contain encrypted programs to secure its communications, as well as some organizational papers which include disruptive regulation schemes.