Former Egypt president Mohamed Morsi found guilty of insulting judiciary

Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi waves from inside the defendants cage during his trial at the police academy in Cairo on January 8, 2015. An Egyptian court is to deliver a verdict on April 21 in the trial of Morsi and 14 others charged with inciting the killing of protesters, judicial officials said. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has been given a three-year prison sentence and fined 2m Egyptian pounds (£83,000) after being found guilty of insulting the judiciary.

Nineteen others tried by the Cairo court in the same case were also handed three-year jail terms but fined lesser amounts ranging from 30,000 to 1m Egyptian pounds. The 19 included the Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and the politician and television presenter Tawfik Okasha.

The verdicts can be appealed.

Morsi, who was democratically elected after Egypt’s 2011 revolution, was overthrown in 2013 by then-general Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, now the president, following mass protests against his rule.

He was immediately arrested and was serving a 20-year sentence for inciting the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012, and a 25-year sentence for spying for Qatar.

Source :

Guardian

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