Egypt: Al-Qaida Chief’s Brother Acquitted of Terror Charges

Egyptian court acquits the younger brother of al-Qaida leader, but referred him for other charges.

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Egyptian court acquits brother of al-Qaida leader of terror charges. (Photo: iStock)

An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted the younger brother of al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri of terror charges, but referred him to prosecutors in connection with similar charges.

Mohammed al-Zawahri was arrested at a police checkpoint in August 2013, days after security forces stormed a Cairo sit-in camp by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, killing more than 600 people.

The younger al-Zawahri was the leader of a Jihadi Salafist group and was a close ally of Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood. He was charged with the formation and leadership of a terrorist organization, attempting to overthrow the government by force and plotting to attack military and police installations.

In his ruling, judge Mohammed Shireen sentenced 10 of al-Zawahri’s 67 co-defendants to death and handed life sentences to 32 others. Eighteen more defendants received 15-year jail terms and one defendant was sentenced to one year in prison. Sixteen others were acquitted.

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