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Salafist preacher Abu-Ismail jailed again for insulting judiciary

Muslim Brotherhood ally faces a number of other charges, including forging papers and inciting violence

Ahram Online, Saturday 12 Apr 2014
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Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail (Photo:Ahram)
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A Cairo criminal court on Saturday sentenced lawyer and founder of the Salafist Al-Raya party, Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail, to one year in jail for insulting the judiciary.

It is the second time he gets a prison sentence for a similar reason, having insulted a judge and refused to recognise the court in January during his trial for submitting forged papers to the presidential election committee in 2012.

The forgery trial was postponed on Saturday to 16 April.

The influential preacher, known for his close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, was disqualified from the 2012 presidential race after reports emerged that his mother held a US passport.

Egypt law dictates that to be eligible, presidential candidates and their parents must hold only Egyptian nationality.

Abu-Ismail was detained in July 2013 during the crackdown on Islamists following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi that month.

He was charged with inciting violence, leading to the death of nine protesters in Giza.

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Aladdin, Egypt
12-04-2014 06:44pm
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Mofsideen fi El-Erd
His devilish interpretation of merciful Islam and his promotion to mayhem, killing and violence are unacceptable. He is the enemy of people and Islam.
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Abdullah
12-04-2014 07:26pm
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Judiciary should grow a thicker skin. It is a waste of time and resources to have trials over someone saying a bad word about the judiciary. Use reason to argue against political views if you really want to challenge them.
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