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Egyptian court jails former presidential candidate for seven years


Cairo, April 16 :

An Egyptian court Wednesday jailed a controversial Islamist leader and former presidential candidate for seven years for falsifying his nomination papers.

Hazem Abou Ismael
Hazem Abou Ismael

Hazem Abou Ismael submitted in his nomination papers for the 2012 presidential elections that he was born to Egyptian parents as required by the constitution but it was later discovered that his mother was an American national, Xinhua reported.

Ismael, the founder of the Rayah Salafist party, is also facing other charges, including inciting violence and murder after former president Mohamed Morsi was removed by the army last July.

120 Muslim Brotherhood supporters get 3 years’ jail term

The Egyptian court also sentenced 120 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood group to three years in jail each over riotous acts in October last year.

As Egypt was commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1973 war against Israel, rival rallies by supporters and opponents of Muslim Brotherhood turned violent, leaving more than 50 people killed in October last year, Xinhua reported.

The defendants faced also charges including unlawful assembly and thuggery.

Following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year, his supporters have been holding continual protests against the army-installed government.

In December last year, the authorities declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation.

The authorities disbanded Morsi supporters’ main sit-ins in Cairo after his removal in August last year, and in an ensuing crackdown more than 1,000 people were killed.

More than 15,000 Islamists, mostly Muslim Brotherhood members, have also been jailed, while hundreds have been sentenced to death after speedy trials.

Its members were also banned by a court ruling Tuesday from running in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.