A former minister in the ousted president Mohamed Morsi government was sentenced to one year in jail Wednesday for slapping a child during protests that followed the Islamist leader's toppling, judicial sources said.
Yehia Hamed, minister of investment under Morsi, was found guilty by a Cairo misdemeanor court of assaulting a child during a demonstration to protest Morsi's ouster in the capital's Ramsis Square.
The child said "God damn you, Morsi," when Hamed allegedly attacked him. The court convicted Hamed on the basis of video evidence of the protest.
Egypt's authorities have cracked down hard on Morsi's group, the Muslim Brotherhood, and their supporters after removing the Islamist leader amid mass protests against his rule.
Thousands of Brotherhood members and loyalists have been arrested and tried on a variety of charges, ranging from inciting violence and sabotage to espionage and murder.