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 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.