Egypt: Al-Qaeda chief's brother acquitted of terror charges

2015-10-15 16:56


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Cairo - An Egyptian court has acquitted the younger brother of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri of terror 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 organisation and with attempting to overthrow the government by force.

In its Thursday ruling, the court sentenced 10 of al-Zawahri's 67 co-defendants to death and handed life sentences to 32 others.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  egypt  |  north africa

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