Middle East

Son of Egypt's ousted leader sentenced to 1 year

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammad Morsi chant slogans and hold placards showing an open palm with four raised fingers, which has become a symbol of the mosque where Morsi supporters had held a sit-in for weeks, Cairo September 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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.





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