Second Time: Criminal Court Acquits Al Shater, 11 Others
Tuesday, April 24,2007 00:00
By Ikhwanweb

For the second time, Cairo Criminal Court (civilian court) acquitted Khairat Al Shater, deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and 11 others and ordered their immediate release from government’s detention. It is not expected the government will respect the civilian court order as it did the first time when it referred 38 MB detainees, who are civilians, for military trials to ensure a guilty verdict following their acquittal by natural court. 

The second appeal was filed by the detainees’ families and the court, again, vindicated all government’s charges of money laundery and threatening the country’s security and called them "politically motivated". The court also canceled all of the prosecutors’ decisions to freeze assets of MB leaders and their families.

The military court appointed by President Mubarak in his capacity as a military ruler according to emergency laws is still examining the MB leaders cases and is expected to rule in favor of the government as it always did in the past. 

Attorney Abdul Moneim Abdul Maqsoud said in a statement to Ikhwanweb that the civilian court ruling proves the integrity and fairness of the Egyptian justice system calling it "humble victory for the detainees and their families who are suffering tremendously"
Abdul Maqsood added that the ruling confirms that the charges against the detainees are groundless and that the provisional detentions are unjustified.
Abdul Maqsood hoped that the Interior Ministry would enforce the acquittal issued by the Criminal Court for the second time.


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