Published: 2017-12-30 12:53
Last Updated: 2017-12-30 13:19
Deposed Islamist Former Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi, was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of insulting the judiciary.
Morsi was convicted of defaming the judiciary in a speech he made four years ago.
The Cairo Criminal Court which issued the sentence, said he did it “with the aim of spreading hate,” according to the State TV.
Back in 2013, Morsi accused a judge of overseeing fraud when he was in office.
Morsi was ordered to pay EGP 1 million about (JOD 40,000), to the judge on Saturday.
Eighteen other co-defendants were also sentenced to three years in prison, each in the same case, including Islamists, activists, lawyers and journalists.
Five other accused, including prominent pro-democracy campaigner Alaa Abdel-Fatah, were ordered to pay a fine of EGP30,000 each.
Morsi was overthrown by the army in 2013, following protests against his rule.
He was Egypt’s first democratically elected president, and is now serving a final sentence of 20 years in prison in a different case.