Mursi sentenced to jail for insulting judiciary

December 30, 2017

Former Egyptian president is already serving multiple jail sentences

Former Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi Image Credit: EPA


By Reuters


Cairo: A Cairo criminal court sentenced former Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi and 19 others to three years in prison on Saturday, and fined him 2 million Egyptian pounds ($112,700) on charges of insulting the judiciary.

Others tried by the court in the same case including leading Egyptian activist Alaa Abdul Fattah and lawmaker and television presenter Tawfiq Okasha were instead given fines ranging from 30,000 to 1 million Egyptian pounds.

The verdicts can still be appealed.

Mursi, democratically elected after Egypt’s 2011 revolution, was ousted in mid-2013 by the army following mass protests against his rule.

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

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