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Monday, September 27, 1999 Published at 17:12 GMT 18:12 UK

World: Middle East

Egypt damages to Brotherhood members

A court in Cairo has ordered the payment of an equivalent of $18,000 in damages to two members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood over torture suffered more than 40 years ago.

The court ruled that both men, Mohammed Abdel Adhim and Hassan Mohammed who are now in their seventies, had been tortured physically and mentally while in jail from 1954 to 1956.

It stated that its ruling was based on an international agreement signed by Egypt in 1986 on the prevention of torture.

It is the first time that an Egyptian court has ordered such redress for victims of torture who were political detainees during the rule of former President Gamal Abdel Nasser, who banned the Muslim Brotherhood in 1954.

It was founded in 1929 and advocates turning Egypt into a strict Moslem state by political means.

It is still officially illegal, but has been tolerated since 1976.

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