MB defendants in ‘Prison Break’ case receive 3 years sentence for insulting the court

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The Cairo Criminal Court has sentenced defendants of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in the case of escaping Wadi Al-Natroun prison to 3 years in jail for insulting the court, in a separate charge levelled today.

The sentence was issued for all 26 defendants present inside the court’s cage, except former president Mohamed Morsi.

Among those sentenced were Mohamed Badei, the organisation’s supreme guide, and prominent leaders Mohamed Beltagy, Essam El-Erian, Saad Al-Katatni and Sobhi Saleh.

Morsi, and other 131 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, are being tried for orchestrating and escaping from Wadi Al-Natroun prison during the January 2011 revolution.

According to the prosecutions’ claims, the prison break occurred when 800 foreigners affiliated with Hamas and Hezbollah organisations infiltrated the Egyptian border with Gaza through tunnels, bringing heavy arms which they used against police and governmental installations in the eastern border area and killed several policemen, exploiting the state of chaos that accompanied the events of January 2011 revolution.

The prosecution added that the armed groups killed over 50 policemen and prisoners, and freed their fellow members and another 20,000 prisoners.

Morsi and other MB leaders are facing trial in other cases besides this prison break charge. The other cases include espionage and the killing of protesters during demonstrations that were held against a controversial presidential decree issued by Morsi to increase his power over the state in November 2012.