Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi sentenced to three years' prison

Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi sentenced to three years' prison

A Cairo criminal court yesterday sentenced former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi and 19 others to three years in prison, for "insulting the judiciary", his lawyer said.

The court also ordered Morsi to pay one million Egyptian pounds (£41,615) as compensation to one of the judges, and told 22 of the defendants to pay one million Egyptian pounds each to a powerful union of judges known as the "Judges Club", state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

They included leading Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and lawmaker and television presenter Tawfik Okasha.

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The defendants were convicted of "insulting and cursing the judiciary and its judges using publications and statements to TV and radio stations, as well as social media, using statements that carry slurs and hatred to courts and judicial authority".

Hamzawy is living in exile, but Abdel-Fattah is serving a five-year sentence for participating in an illegal demonstration in 2013.

The verdict can be appealed.

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Abdel-Fattah, a software engineer by profession, is an outspoken blogger who has been in and out of prison in the years since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011. Separately, human rights lawyer and activist Mahinour el-Masry was given a two-year prison sentence. President Sisi has also clamped down on dissent.

In September, Egypt's highest appellate court rejected an appeal by Morsi against his 25-year jail term for allegedly spying for Qatar.

Morsi was overthrown by the military in 2013 and has been detained since.

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Thousands of Islamists were arrested and put on trial following Morsi's ouster.

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