Egypt’s top appeal court upholds 3-year jail term for ex-President, Mohammed Morsi

Egypt’s top appeal court upholds 3-year jail term for ex-President, Mohammed Morsi


On Monday, Egypt’s top appeals court upheld a three-year jail sentence and hefty damages on deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on costs of insulting the judiciary, state media reported.  

The Court of Cassation additionally confirmed the identical sentence for 19 different defendants in the identical case. The preliminary sentence was issued in 2017 by the Cairo Felony Court that convicted Morsi of defaming the judiciary in a televised speech he made in 2013 when he was in energy.  

In his speech, Morsi accused a choose of overseeing fraud in earlier elections. The legal court had additionally ordered Morsi to pay a million Egyptian kilos (56,270 {dollars}) in damages to that choose. 5 different defendants have been ordered to pay a superb of 30,000 Egyptian kilos every within the case. They embody Alaa Abdel-Fatah, a number one pro-democracy campaigner, who rose to prominence throughout the 2011 rebellion that toppled long-time dictator Hosny Mubarak.  Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president was toppled by the military in mid-2013 following mass protests in opposition to his rule.  

He has been tried in a number of completely different instances since his ouster. Morsi is serving a ultimate sentence of 20 years in jail in a separate case associated to inciting lethal assaults on anti-Islamist protesters in 2012. In 2017, the Court of Cassation upheld a separate 25-year jail sentence for Morsi on costs of harming nationwide safety by leaking secret state paperwork to his ally Qatar whereas he was in workplace.

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