Egypt’s top appeal court upholds three-year jail term for ex-President Morsi

Egypt’s top appeals court on Monday upheld a three-year prison sentence for former president Mohammed Morsi, who is already jailed in other cases, over a conviction for insulting the judiciary.

The Court of Cassation also confirmed the same sentence for 19 other defendants in the same case. The initial sentence was issued in 2017 by the Cairo Criminal Court that convicted Morsi of defaming the judiciary in a televised speech he made in 2013 when he was in power.

The initial sentence was issued in 2017 by the Cairo Criminal Court that convicted Mr Morsi of defaming the judiciary in a televised speech he made in 2013 when he was in power.

Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, had a tumultuous year in office that ended with the army overthrowing him in 2013. Multiple cases against him are pending.

Mr Morsi is serving a final sentence of 20 years in prison in a separate case related to inciting deadly attacks on anti-Islamist protesters in 2012.

In his speech, Morsi accused a judge of overseeing fraud in previous elections. The criminal court had also ordered Morsi to pay one million Egyptian pounds (56,270 dollars) in damages to that judge. Five other defendants were ordered to pay a fine of 30,000 Egyptian pounds each in the case.

They include Alaa Abdel-Fatah, a leading pro-democracy campaigner, who rose to prominence during the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time dictator Hosny Mubarak.

The other men sentenced were mostly Islamists but also several secular activists. Alaa Abdel-Fattah, a secular activist, was only fined 30,000 Egyptian pounds, but remains in jail for other cases.

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