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Brotherhood cleric jailed for insulting judiciary

Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazi is handed a one-year jail sentence for insulting the court during his jailbreak trial

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Apr 2014

A court has sentenced Muslim Brotherhood cleric Safwat Hegazy to one year in jail for insulting the judiciary, a judicial source told Ahram Online on Wednesday.

The sentence stems from allegations that he offended the court during his trial for escaping from prison during the 2011 uprising.

Egyptian authorities have cracked down hard on the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, killing hundreds in street violence and arresting thousands of others.   

Hegazy faces multiple trials, along with other Brotherhood leaders, including Morsi, on an array of charges, including inciting the killing of protesters, escaping from jail and belonging to a terrorist group, identified by authorities as the Brotherhood.

Morsi himself is facing multiple trials, some of which carry the death penalty.

Senior Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagy was recently sentenced to one year in prison for insulting the judiciary. The sentence was the first to be handed to a leader of the Islamist movement since it was forced from power last year, judicial sources said.

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