Islamist gets 1 year for contempt of Egypt court


2 photos

Estimated read time: 1-2 minutes

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

CAIRO (AP) — A court in Egypt has sentenced an ultraconservative Islamist who is an ally of ousted President Mohammed Morsi to one year in prison for insulting the judiciary during his trial.

Saturday's verdict is the second one-year sentence Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail has received on similar charges. Judge Mohammed Sherine Fahmy gave him one in January for contempt of the court.

Abu-Ismail, a former presidential hopeful, is being tried for allegedly concealing the fact his mother was a U.S. citizen in order to qualify for the 2012 presidential election. The law bars anyone whose parents hold any other nationality from running.

On Saturday, Abu-Ismail mocked the trial, saying his court-appointed lawyer was biased. Fahmy expelled him from court before the ruling. A verdict on the original charge will be announced April 16.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Photos

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast