The series “The Choice 2”, which was broadcast by Egyptian satellite channels during the blessed month of Ramadan, exposed the role of the Brotherhood journalist who fled to Turkey, Asma Muhammad al-Khatib.
Yesterday, Saturday, an episode revealed that Al-Khatib, which belongs to the terrorist Brotherhood, had leaked confidential and sensitive documents to an Arab country, from which a copy was leaked to Iran, after the rule of the ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
The Brotherhood journalist who worked in the Brotherhood’s “Rasd” network exploited her relationship with her Brotherhood friend, Karima Amin Al-Serafi, whom she met during the sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in Cairo, to leak these secret and dangerous documents.
The Brotherhood’s Amin Al-Serafy, the father of the second girl, worked in the presidential staff of the ousted and late President Mohamed Morsi, where he obtained these documents, which his daughter, Karima, tried to benefit from the experiences of the Brotherhood journalist in dealing with such papers. So I advised her to put it on a “flash drive” to make it easier to carry before disposing of it.
The series, which narrates the details of the Brotherhood’s crimes after the June 30, 2013 revolution, and the role of the Egyptian security services in exposing the terrorist organization’s violence, revealed the fact that a journalist working for a Brotherhood news network called “Rasd” obtained dangerous official documents and sent them to a country in exchange for huge sums of money.
These confidential documents included important information about the Egyptian security forces, their formations, tasks, and enumeration, and estimates of the position of the army, as well as some documents and documents received by the Presidency and the ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
On June 26, 2013, Amin Al-Sayrafi, the third accused in the communication case, transferred the documents under his hands to his home in three cartons. When he was arrested, his daughter (the eighth accused) “Karima” feared that she would be caught, so she resorted to the ninth defendant, Asma Muhammad Al-Khatib, to benefit from her experience In this regard.
According to the series “The Choice 2” and the facts of the case, here Ahmed Ismail Thabet, a lecturer at Misr University for Science and Technology (the seventh accused), became a party to the crime. Asma al-Khatib, who knows him, asked him to use his scientific experience in storing documents on a “flash drive.”
But “Thabit” feared that the presence of two girls in his house while he was single would attract the attention of the neighbors, so he preferred to leave that task to his friend, documentary filmmaker Ahmed Afifi (the fourth defendant), because he is married and will not arouse suspicion about him.
According to investigation papers, in the case of No. 767 of 2014 in which Morsi and 10 others were accused, and known as the case of “communicating with a foreign country,” the two defendants, Asma al-Khatib and Karima al-Serafi, are the two women accused in the case.
Confessions of the accused
The confessions of the fourth defendant in the case, Ahmed Ali Abdo Afifi, a documentary filmmaker, revealed the role of the two defendants. Where he confirmed that he was among the participants in the Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in from June 28 2013 until the sit-in’s dispersal, when he was responsible for providing means of subsistence and food for the sit-in.
Ahmed Ali said about Asma al-Khatib’s role in the case, “The defendant Asma Muhammad al-Khatib had a bag inside which contained a set of documents and documents issued by the country’s sovereign authorities, such as the armed forces, general and military intelligence, the security sector and the Administrative Control Authority, which was directed to the Presidency of the Republic during the rule of the accused Mohamed Morsi of the country, and it contained information. On the arming of the Egyptian Armed Forces, their size, and their various formations, and their locations in Sinai.
Ahmed Ali went on to say: Asmaa informed him that she obtained these documents from the accused Karima Al-Sarrafi, which she obtained in turn from her father, the third accused during his work as a private secretary to the ousted president during his term in office, and that they wanted – that is, the third defendant, “Secretary of the Serfy” and the eighth, his daughter, “Karima” In handing over the documents and papers above the statement to a foreign channel for publication, and this was followed by his and the fifth, seventh and tenth accused copies of those documents and sending them to the eleventh accused by e-mail.
The defendant confirmed that he had agreed with “Asma Muhammad Al-Khatib,” a reporter at Rasd Media Network, and the tenth accused, Alaa Omar Muhammad Sablan, that the latter would travel abroad to discuss how to hand over the originals of the documents.
Final sentence of imprisonment for 15 years
The investigations of the Egyptian prosecution also revealed that Al-Sayrafi took advantage of the inability to search him from the security of the presidency by virtue of his position, and transferred these documents and documents from the presidency and handed them over to his daughter Karima, who kept them in her private residence, and then delivered them at his request to other accused through an intermediary, and this mediator is the same. The accused, Asma Al-Khatib.
Accordingly, and after 90 sessions in the communication case, the Egyptian Court of Cassation issued in 2016 its sentence to 15 years imprisonment with labor for Asma Al-Khatib and Karima Al-Serafy.
With this ruling, the Court of Cassation reduced the ruling issued against Asma Al-Khatib, from death to a 15-year temporary prison sentence, and the Court upheld a previous judgment by the Criminal Court with a 15-year temporary prison sentence issued against Karima Al-Serafy, Amin’s daughter Al-Serafy, and issued a life imprisonment decision against her father.
The Brotherhood journalist Asma Muhammad al-Khatib fled after the June 2013 revolution to Turkey, and she married the Brotherhood broadcaster Ahmed Saad, who works at the East Satellite Channel in Istanbul.