Egypt’s court jails Morsi for 3 years for insulting judiciary

Egypt’s deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi (pictured) and 18 others have been sentenced to three years in prison and fined between $1,688 and $56,270o on charges of insulting the judiciary.

The Cairo Criminal Court, which issued the sentence on Saturday, convicted Morsi of defaming the court in a 2013 public speech in which he accused a judge of overseeing fraud in previous elections.

Morsi was ordered to pay 1 million Egyptian pounds ($56,270) to that judge.

Five of the remaining 18 accused, including prominent rights activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah and political analyst Amr Hamzawy, were ordered to pay a fine of 30,000 Egyptian pounds ($1,688) each.

Among the defendants are Islamists, secular activists, lawyers and journalists, who were convicted of defaming the country’s judiciary in different media comments.

All the rulings can be appealed.

Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was toppled by the army in mid-2013 following mass protests against his rule.

He has been tried in several different cases since his ouster.

Morsi is serving a final sentence of 20 years in prison in a separate case related to inciting deadly attacks on anti-Islamist protesters in 2012.

In September, Egypt’s top appeals court upheld a separate 25-year jail sentence for Morsi on charges of harming national security by leaking secret state documents to his ally Qatar while he was in office.