CAIRO: Egypt's state news agency says that a criminal court has convicted the youngest son of ousted Islamist leader Mohammad Morsi on charges of drug possession and consumption and sentenced him and a friend to a year in prison.
The 20-year old Abdullah Morsi was not in court Wednesday when Judge Abdel-Rahman Ayad issued the verdict. Morsi had been released on bail after his arrest in March.
Morsi was arrested with a friend after a police suspected they were smoking hashish cigarettes on the side of a road on the east edge of Cairo.
His family has dismissed the case as an attempt to tarnish their image and as part of a crackdown on Islamists.
His father has been jailed since he was ousted last year.