On November 26, 2010, an Egyptian court sentenced eleven opposition party members to two years in prison each for campaigning on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood. The convictions were part of a crackdown on opposition political parties ahead of November 2010 elections enforced through the use of emergency laws that had been in place since the 1981 assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. In February 2011, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down amid widespread protests, and the Egyptian military pledged to repeal the emergency laws. However, after an attack against the Israeli embassy in September 2011, the Egyptian government reinstated the emergency laws.
Egyptian coat of arms
Learn more about Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood from the JURIST news archive and read commentary on Egypt's emergency laws and the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak from Bill Van Esveld and Gary C. Gambill in Hotline.