Egypt hands down life sentences to 7 Muslim Brotherhood members, including financier

Egyptian judge Mohammed Fahmy, center, reads out the life sentence against Muslim Brotherhood businessman Hassan Malek (not seen in the picture) during the final session of his trial in Cairo on Tuesday.
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Egypt has sentenced seven Muslim Brotherhood members, including one of the group’s top financiers, to life in prison on charges of joining and funding a terrorist group.

The Supreme State Security Emergency Court sentenced three others to 10 years, while acquitting 14. The verdicts can be appealed.

Those sentenced to life include Hassan Malek, a businessman who owned stores that imported computers and electronics, and his son.


The Muslim Brotherhood won a series of elections after the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. Mohamed Morsi, a senior Brotherhood figure, became Egypt’s first freely elected president the following year.

The military overthrew Morsi in 2013 amid massive protests against his brief rule. Authorities have since branded the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization and arrested thousands of its members.