26 people, including Britons, convicted of attempting to revive banned Islamic group in Egypt
Three Britons on Thursday were jailed for five years in Egypt after being convicted of attempting to revive a banned Islamic group.
According to Sky News, the men were first detained with 23 others in April 2002 and accused of attempting to re-establish Hizb-ut-Tahrir (The Liberation Party).
All were convicted of plotting "to revolt against the regimes in place across Arab and Islamic states under the pretext they are infidels".
The Britons, Majid Nawaz, 26, a university student reading law and Arabic, from Essex, Reza Pankhurst, 28, from London and Ian Nisbet, 29, also from london, both IT consultants, had denied the charges. They claimed they were tortured by Egyptian authorities into signing confessions which they had not been allowed to read prior to their trial.
Hizb-ut-Tahrir was banned in Egypt after an alleged failed coup in 1974. (Albawaba.com)
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