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Egypt: Islamist leader sentenced to year in prison

  • FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2011 file photo, Egyptian Muslim cleric and candidate for the Egyptian presidency Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, smiles as he talks to his supporters at Tahrir Sqaure during a protest against the ruling military council, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced a top ultraconservative Islamist and former presidential hopeful to one year in prison on charges of insulting judges.

The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail of the Salafist trend on Monday for comments he allegedly made on another trial.

Abu-Ismail was a top ally of the country's ousted President Mohammad Morsi, now facing several charges. The original charges against Abu-Ismail are related to the alleged forging of his mother's nationality during his presidential bid in 2012.

Abu-Ismail told judges on Monday: "The court is void ... This is not a real judiciary in the first place." His trial was held in a venue adjacent to Tora prison where he along with a large number of members from Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood are held.

 
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