Egyptian Salafist preacher gets a year in jail for insulting police officers

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Sep 2014

Jail sentence for popular preacher and lawyer Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail is latest among previous convictions for forgery and inciting violence

A Giza criminal court on Tuesday sentenced Salafist preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail to one year in jail with hard labour for insulting police officers.
In December 2013 Abu Ismail was accused of insulting Egypt's police force and police officers in a video clip posted online.
In January 2014 he was sentenced to a year in jail with hard labour for insulting the court during his trial. In April the former presidential candidate was also sentenced to seven years in jail for forgery.
Abu Ismail, a lawyer and preacher popular among young Islamists, was accused of submitting forged documents about his mother's nationality in the official papers submitted to the presidential election committee in the 2012 election.
He was disqualified from the presidential race after reports emerged that his mother held a US passport, despite him being regarded as one of the top candidates in the race. Following his disqualification, thousands of his followers, mostly young Islamists, protested against the committee's decision.
Abu Ismail still continued to be in the spotlight in Egypt with his controversial views on Islamist TV channels and his weekly lectures in mosques
He was detained in July 2013 during a crackdown on Islamists following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on charges of inciting violence that led to the death of nine protesters in Giza.
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