Despite the suspension of court hearings due to the Corona virus pandemic, the terrorism department held in the Torah Courts Complex headed by Counselor Mohamed Al-Saeed Al-Sherbini and advising members Issam Abu Al-Ela and Gharib Ezzat, decided to include 13 detainees from the Hope Cell on terrorist lists for a period of 5 years, and most of the accused Socialists and leftists.
Among these were activist and former deputy in the Egyptian parliament Ziad Al-Alimi, writer Khaled Abu Shadi, investor Omar Al-Shaniti and Egyptian-Palestinian political activist Rami Shaath, son of Palestinian politician Nabil Shaath, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Whereas, it was legally established that the lists of terrorist entities and terrorists are based on fulfilling Egypt’s international obligations towards the United Nations Charter, in addition to what is stipulated in Article 237 of the Egyptian constitution regarding the state’s commitment to confront terrorism in all its forms and forms, and traces its sources of funding according to a specific timetable as a threat to the homeland And citizens, while ensuring rights and freedoms, the decision to include the Hope Cell was made.
The decision added that Brotherhood leaders, fleeing outside the country, had held organizational meetings during which they laid out a plan aimed at providing the necessary financial support to finance the Hope Cell and its hostile movement against the Egyptian state, harming the national interest and economic security, and carrying out hostile operations against officers and members of the army and the police in order to overthrow the state system .
Also, during these organizational meetings, they assigned Brotherhood members to activate the role of the financial support committees, exploit the profits of the Brotherhood’s economic entities, receive funds from fleeing leaders from abroad, and collect donations from the Brotherhood’s elements inside to provide logistical support, weapons and explosives, to implement their hostile scheme against the state.
On June 25, the security authorities announced the arrest of the accused, journalists Hossam Mounes, Hisham Fouad Abdel Halim, former parliamentarian Ziad Al-Alimi, economic researcher Omar Al-Shunaiti, activist Mustafa Abdel-Moez, Osama Al-Aqabawi, accountant Hassan Al-Barbari, and Ahmed Abdel-Jalil, director of the office of the current parliamentarian Ahmed Tantawi.
In addition to the Islamic preacher, Dr. Khaled Abu Shadi, who was forcibly disappeared for nearly a month and then appeared on the day corresponding to the first session of the trial.
The case also includes media journalists, Moataz Matar, Muhammad Nasser and Al-Ghad party leader Ayman Nour.
Subsequently, the State Security Prosecution listed a number of other political and public figures, including Rami Shaath, son of the Palestinian leader Nabil Shaath.
The case was known to the media as the Hope Cell.
The prosecution charged the accused and the arrested persons with political accusations, often directed at political opponents, namely:
- Join a terrorist group established in violation of the provisions of the law.
- Funding the Brotherhood to help it implement its goals.
- Using social media to incite against the state.
- Calling for disrupting the provisions of the constitution and laws, and preventing state institutions from carrying out their activities.
On July 3, Attorney General Nabil Sadiq decided to seize the accused’s money.
19 companies and economic entities, with an estimated investment volume of about 250 million pounds, have been targeted by the security services pending the case.
The entire case, according to jurists, is based on an investigation note prepared by the National Security Agency, due to the planning of some of the accused to run in the upcoming parliament elections.
Human rights organizations had condemned the anticipation of the Ministry of Interior, and those arrested were brought before the prosecution, by issuing a statement accusing them of forming an economic and political alliance within a hostile scheme to target and bring down the state.
The organizations accused the Public Prosecution and the State Security Prosecution, of “failing and colluding” with what opened the way for the state and its security services to “ridicule the justice system to this extent, in a manner that violates its credibility and independence,” according to the statement.
And according to what Ahmed Moussa announced last year, it is noteworthy that the amount of money that the Egyptian state has withheld on political issues has exceeded more than 300 billion pounds.