Egyptian court hands Mohamed Morsi three-year jail sentence for “insulting judiciary”

Mohamed Morsi

An Egyptian court has handed former president Mohammed Morsi and nineteen others to three years in jail for “insulting the judiciary”.

Mohammed Morsi already holds other jail terms including a life sentence.

He is awaiting a retrial on a separate charge of conspiring to commit “terrorist acts”, for which he was previously sentenced to death. The death sentence was lifted on appeal.

Mr Morsi was overthrown by the military in 2013 and has been detained since. He is currently in a high-security prison.

He has also been fined a million Egyptian pounds (£42,000) relating to a speech given in 2013.

Also sentenced were 17 co-defendants, including fines for political blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah and broadcaster Tawfiq Okasha.

Mr Morsi has previously rejected the authority of the courts, and in his first trial shouted from the dock that he was being “forcibly detained”.

Since then he has been forced to sit in soundproof glass cages in courtrooms, which officials say are designed to prevent him disrupting proceedings.

He was overthrown by the military junta led by Abdel Fata el-Sisi following mass protests a year after he took office as the country’s first democratically elected president.

Following Morsi’s overthrow, Egyptian authorities launched a severe crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic movements, jailing thousands of them.

The government has also banned all unauthorised demonstrations under a law adopted in late 2013.

 

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