• MB News
  • July 13, 2010
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Second hearing for 5 International MB leaders charged with money-laundering

Second hearing for 5 International MB leaders charged with money-laundering

 The Egyptian State Security Prosecution is expected to hold its second hearing of pressed charges against five prominent members of the country’s leading opposition group the Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday July 14.  Charges against them included affiliation to an outlawed group, money laundering and fund raising for the group. The defendants include: the medical doctor and Assistant Secretary-General of the Egyptian Medical Syndicate Dr. Ashraf Abdel Ghafar, Egyptian Islamic preacher Wagdy Ghoneim in Yemen , Egyptian Ibrahim Munir Mustafa, medical doctor and businessman Dr. Osama Mohamed Suleiman and Saudi Arabian preacher Awad Mohamed al-Qarni.


The case was re-opened 6 months after its defendants had charges bought against them in a previous case called the ‘International network’ case, dropped and all the defendants were released. The recent charges were also applied to the rest of the 32 defendants who were accused in the “International network” case, including three Members of Parliament. The unit which investigates Money Laundering Unit in the Central Accountancy Agency stressed that all funds are clear and there is not suspicion of money laundering conducted by the defendants.
Dr. Osama Mohamed Suleiman was the only one present in Egypt for the initial court session and  currently in custody while the other four remain abroad and will be tried in absentia. The last hearing a court order permitted Suleiman to leave the cage on the grounds that his health was deteriorating where he was transferred later to the Manial Hospital and a specified sum of money was allotted to his young children for expenditures. The hearing was postponed on the ground that the current crisis between lawyers and judges was still under way.  

Abdel Maqsud, the MBs top defence lawyer stated that the reports of the experts in the Ministry of Justice appointed by the General Prosecution cleared and acquitted all defendants stating that  no evidence was found against them.

The Egyptian regime has continued to resort to the emergency courts in dealing with the opposition as it lacks the fair trial standards where decisions cannot be appealed. The continued exercising of the abhorred ’emergency law’ is a clear breach to the provisions of law and constitution and will lead to more chaos, disorder and injustice.

The use of the Emergency law in Egypt to justify arbitrary detention and the use of military courts against the opposition, political activists or bloggers was examined by the UN Human Rights council and condemned by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of fundamental rights while countering terrorism. He highlighted that administrative detention orders are often renewed immediately upon the release of defendants and or could just be ignored for long periods until new detention orders are obtained.