CAIRO – An Egyptian court sentenced a top ultraconservative Islamist and former presidential hopeful to one year in prison on charges of insulting judges.
The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail of the Salafi trend on Monday for comments he allegedly made on another trial.
Abu-Ismail was a top ally of the country's ousted President Mohammed Morsi, now facing several charges. The original charges against Abu-Ismail are related to the alleged forging of his mother's nationality during his presidential bid in 2012.
Abu-Ismail told judges on Monday: "The court is void ... This is not a real judiciary in the first place." His trial was held in a venue adjacent to Tora prison where he along with a large number of members from Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood are held.