Egyptian court sentenced Islamist president to three years in prison

Vastavam web: An Egyptian court sentenced ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to three years in prison along with 19 other defendants today for “insulting the judiciary,” his lawyer said.The other defendants include former members of parliament, activists and three journalists.The defendants had all been charged with making statements deemed insulting to the judiciary.

Five other defendants, including jailed activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, were fined 30,000 pounds each.Morsi’s lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud told AFP that he would appeal the verdict.Thousands of Islamists have been arrested and put on trial since the military ousted the divisive Morsi following mass protests demanding his resignation.