UPDATED: Fifth Hearing of International MB Networking Case Despite Previous Court Acquittals

UPDATED: Fifth Hearing of International MB Networking Case Despite Previous Court Acquittals

The Criminal Court of the Supreme State Security headed by Judge Mahmoud Sami Kamel, is expected to look into its fifth hearing in the renowned Muslim Brotherhood networking case no.404 of 2009.

International Muslim Brotherhood leaders, currently abroad, were unjustly accused of a host of fabricated accusations. Osama Suleiman is the only accused MB currently in Egypt; the remaining MB member is expected to be tried in absentia. The accused MB leaders abroad include: Wagdi Ghoneim, Ashraf Abdul Ghani, Ibrahim Munir and Saudi national, Awad Alqarani.

The Attorney-General referred the case last April, to the Emergency Court of the Supreme State Security despite the group and 28 others included in the case, receiving two previous court acquittals.



Witnesses gave testimonies today in the ‘Muslim Brotherhood International Organization case where the MB members were on trial for money laundering and financing Brotherhood activities. A host of fabricated charges were levelled against the five MB members including money laundering and financing MB activities and belonging to an outlawed group

The only defendant present in the courtroom, was Osama Suleiman, a medical doctor and owner of a money exchange company. He attended court in a wheelchair as he had recently suffered a heart attack which has kept him hospitalized for the past three months, postponing the trial several times.

The first witness heard today was Hisham Zein of State Security who alleged that prior to Israel’s war on Gaza in 2009 MB activists scheduled conferences in Britain, claiming they were raising funds for Gaza. Zein testified that some of the money was sent to Egypt by the accused Ibrahim Munir who allegedly sent to a second defendant, Osama Suleiman, who in turn invested the money amounting to EU2.7 million, in MB activities in Egypt.

The witness faltered however when asked whether he had recorded proof of these claims, where he replied that he did not.