Mohamed Beltagy

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Mohamed Beltagy (born 1963) is an Egyptian physician and Muslim Brotherhood politician.[1] He was a Member of Parliament from 2005 to 2010, and is currently the general secretary of the Freedom and Justice Party.[2]

He was on board the MV Mavi Marmara during the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid.[3]

After the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état of President Morsi, prosecutors ordered Beltagy's arrest on 10 July 2013.[4] On 14 July 2013 Egypt's military-appointed prosecutor general Hisham Barakat ordered Beltagy's assets to be frozen.[5]

Mohamed el-Beltagy's 17-year-old daughter Asmaa el-Beltagy was killed when the Egyptian security forces stormed two protest camps occupied by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo. She was shot in the back and chest.[6]

Beltagy was arrested on 29 August 2013 by security forces in Giza.[7] On 29 October 2013, a three-judge panel at Cairo Criminal Court stepped down from the proceedings, citing "uneasiness" over the trial.[8] On 7 December 2013, Cairo's Criminal Court refused to return a verdict and recused itself in a case involving Beltagy and Safwat Hegazi citing "embarrassment" as a reason for its decision.[9] On 11 December 2013, a second panel of judges withdrew from the trial.[10] On 21 April 2015, a guilty verdict was returned against Beltagy over violence against protesters, and he was sentenced along with former President Mohamed Morsi and several other Muslim Brotherhood leaders to 20 years in prison.[11]

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