Egypt jails Turk for 3 years over Brotherhood links

By Sayed Abdel-Nabi, Sunday, March 30, 2014

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced a Turkish national to three years in jail on charges of attempting to obtain information that harms Egypt's national security and establishing contact with the Muslim Brotherhood.

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced a Turkish national to three years in jail on charges of attempting to obtain information that harms Egypt's national security and establishing contact with the Muslim Brotherhood.

SUEZ, Egypt – An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced a Turkish national to three years in jail on charges of attempting to obtain information that harms Egypt's national security and establishing contact with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Resat Ozturk, 46, was arrested on August 19 in the canal city of Suez on suspicions of attempting to obtain information about Egypt's national security and having links with Muslim Brotherhood.

Ozturk, who works in the textile industry, has emphatically denied the charges, saying he had only come to know Muslim Brotherhood members via social-networking websites.

Judicial sources said the ruling, which was issued by a court in the northeastern province of Suez, is not final and can be appealed.

The army-installed interim government designated the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, a "terrorist" movement in December of last year.

The decision followed the bombing of the security directorate in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, which was condemned by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood, for its part, emphatically denies any connection to terrorism, saying it remains committed to strictly peaceful methods of protest.

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