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Egypt court clears ex-Brotherhood leader from insulting judges charges

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.