MB Defense demands addressing 12 states on MB Activity
On 12/30/2007, the military tribunal against 40 MB leaders, toplisted by Khairat Elshater the 2nd deputy Chairman and Prof. Mohamed Ali Beshr, MB Executive Bureau Member, resumed. Defense pleading continued while the court listened to Al-Shater”s lawyer, Hazem Salah Abu-Isma’il, on the investigation minutes executed by lieutenant colonel Atef Al-Husieni. Hazem demanded the court not to take it in consideration.
Abu-Isma’il said ,” we can”t consider seized books and papers, mentioned in the record, to be MB organizational papers that are liable for being an evidence of conviction. He explained that there is a legal and linguistic difference between the organizational papers and the movement”s system papers. He asserted that all of seized papers and books are MB system documents, and their owners shouldn’t be incriminated. “The Muslim Brotherhood was a lawful organization in Egypt, and the MB members practice their activities as MBs in 12 states around the world.” He added.
Abu-Isma’il addressed the military Attorney-General to commission the Foreign Minister to talk to Jordanian and Sudanese embassies on nature of MB activities, Lebanon on the Islamic Group, Yemen on Reformation Party, Algeria on Movement of the Society for Peace, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrin on Reformation Movements, Indonesia and Malaysia on Reformation and Development Parties, US on MAS and Canada on MAC.
the lawyer argued that these organizations adhere to the Muslim Brotherhood literatures and correspondences. The existence of such organizations under these institutional charters. “these papers have a legal character till now.” Abu-Isma’il said
The tribunal adjourned to Monday session on 12/31/2007, for listening to the rest of defense pleading.