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Ex-president and 25 others referred to criminal court for 'insulting judiciary'

Fourth case in court for ousted president Morsi; Attorney General's referral is wildly varied, with accused including Islamist leaders, journalists, politicians, and a TV personality

Ahram Online, Sunday 19 Jan 2014
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Deposed President Mohamed Morsi (Photo: AP)
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Attorney General Hisham Barakat has referred deposed president Mohamed Morsi and 25 others to a criminal court for “insulting the judiciary.”

The former president is already facing three different trials for a variety of charges, including espionage and inciting violence.

The group of 25 also accused for insulting the judiciary is a varied mix of Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist leaders, political activists, journalists, television personalities and even a poet.

The Brotherhood and Islamist figures and leaders include ex-head of Egyptian Parliament Mohamed Saad El-Katatni; General Guide for the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Mahdi Akef; former Al-Shura Council members Gamal Gebril, Essam Sultan, Mohamed El-Beltagi, Sobhi Saleh, and Mohamed El-Omda; former Shura Council Legislative Committee deputy Taher Abdel Mohsen; Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya member Assem Abdel Magid; Islamist lawyer Montasser El-Zayat; and Islamic preacher Wagdy Ghoneim

Political activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah has also been included with the group. The prominent leftist already faces charges of violating a contentious protest law passed at the end of last year, as well a suspended sentence of one year for allegedly torching former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq's electoral headquarters.

The list of other defendants accused of insulting the judiciary includes political activist Mostafa El-Naggar; head of the liberal Egypt Freedom Party Amr Hamzawy; Egyptian poet Abdel-Rahman Qaradawi; reformist judge Noha El-Zeini; Nasserist journalist Abdel-Halim Qandeel; and notorious TV host Tawfik Okasha.

 

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Tammy
20-01-2014 12:50am
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How many more?
How many more charges are going to be brought against morsi & his mb terrorist backers.. Is there any law these convicts have not broken during their reign of destruction & terror? There was a reason he & a high number of them were in prison to begin with & I am sure that reason had nothing to do with their wit, charm, looks or intelligence...sarcasm intended.. If not for his mb thug cronies & radical supporters breaking him & the rest of the mb terrorists out he would never have gotten out of prison to run for the presidency.. But what I still cannot figure out & receive no answer to IS HOW WAS HIS PRESIDENCY EVEN LEGITIMATE?? If shater, who I am not a fan of either was disqualified for running because of his prison history THEN HOW COULD MORSI RUN & NOT BE DISQUALIFIED?? I guess it all depends on what your definition of legitimacy is when you are the mb or their supporter.. In the mb & supporter eyes anything they do is to them "legitimate" & everyone else’s actions are "illegitimate"..must be nice to live in a world where you are never responsible for your own actions & are always right & everyone else is to blame & is wrong.. morsi & his mb terrorists are finding out that the only thing crime pays in is PRISON TIME & be certain you will receive payment in full from the majority of Egyptians.
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Jon
20-01-2014 12:42am
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The institution with feelings
People can be insulted, institutions like the judiciary can not. They can, however, be criticized, for instance when they systematically find in favor of the coup regime, totally disregarding both the new and old constitutions guarantees for free speech.
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Khalid
19-01-2014 08:10pm
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New Egypt Democracy
This is our new modern democracy,where Army,judiciary and govt all in hand to hand to repress the opponents of deep state.It doesnt matter one is islamist or liberal,being in opposition is the biggest crime of the day in this democracy.
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Allen
19-01-2014 09:59pm
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If the opositition is a criminal entity such as the Muslim brotherhood terrorists
Then it is the criminals that need to be eradicated. Violence did not start in Egypt out of thin air. Own up to the MB's crimes. It's leadership has already admitted they have the ability to end violence of they wanted to. So spare us the idle talk about democracy.
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