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Egypt Sentences Morsi to 3 Years in Jail for Insulting Judiciary

Egypt Sentences Morsi to 3 Years in Jail for Insulting Judiciary

Saturday, 30 December, 2017 - 13:15
Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. AFP file photo

A Cairo criminal court sentenced former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi to three years in prison on Saturday, and fined him 2 million Egyptian pounds ($112,700) on charges of insulting the judiciary.

The case involves a total of 24 defendants, five of whom were fined 30,000 Egyptian pounds each ($1,688).

All the defendants are accused of insulting the judiciary by making statements that were made public either on TV, radio, social media or in publications that the court found to be inciting and expressing hatred toward the court and the judiciary.

The verdicts can still be appealed.

Since his ouster in 2013, Morsi has faced trial on a host of charges, including espionage and conspiring with foreign groups.

The former president, who hailed from the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, is serving a life sentence — 25 years — over accusations of spying for Qatar. Earlier, he was handed a 20-year sentence on charges arising from the killing of protesters in December 2012.

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