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Published On: Sun, Sep 24th, 2017

Former Muslim Brotherhood leader died in prison

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nsnbc : Mohamed Mahdi Akef, former leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood a.k.a. Ikhwan, died on Friday at the age of 89 years in prison after a struggle with illness. He was serving a 25-years sentence. Advocates claim medical negligence.

Mohamed Mahdi Akef_Egypt_Akef died in prison 2017_Muslim Brotherhood_IkhwanAkef had been detained since 2013, following the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood linked administration of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in a people-powered military coup backed by core members of Egypt’s civil society.

Akef was initially convicted on charges of inciting violence and disturbing general security, but the Court of Cassation overturned the sentence in January 2016, to re-try him. In January 2017 Akef’s medical condition deteriorated prompting his transfer to a hospital for treatment. He suffered from complications from cancer and other health issues.

“The Egyptian court has refused to release him and he died of intentional medical negligence,” a Brotherhood Spokesman Talaat Fahmy told The Associated Press. No evidence to substantiate the claim was provided.

Akef, who was born in 1928, served as the Brotherhood’s supreme guide from January 2004 to January 2010. Under his leadership, the Brotherhood won 20 percent of parliamentary seats in the 2005 legislative elections turning Egypt’s Islamist movement into an opposition force. The Muslim Brotherhood rose to power in elections after the so-called Arab Spring in 2011. To the dismay of many who participated in the 2011 uprisings, the Arab Spring was to a large degree stage-managed by actors abroad, including Qatar and the United States.

Akef spent more than 26 years of his life in jail, the first time after a failed assassination bid against the former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1954. The Egyptian government designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group in late 2013. The armed wing of the Muslim Brotherhood has since been involved in a now Islamic State affiliated insurgency in Egypt’s Sinai.

F/AK – nsnbc 24.09.2017

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