CAIRO – An Egyptian court on Wednesday acquitted the former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood of insulting the judiciary in comments he made to the press.
The 85-year old Mahdi Akef was arrested as part of the government crackdown against the Islamist group following the military ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, himself a member of the Brotherhood. Akef faces other trials on charges of inciting violence, and will not be released following the acquittal.
The government has branded the Brotherhood a terrorist organization and accused it of inciting violence, a charge the group denies.
The case against Akef stems from an interview he gave to a Kuwaiti newspaper when Morsi was in office in which he called the judiciary "corrupt," threatening to force hundreds of judges into retirement.