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Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leader jailed for insulting prosecutor

Published on Apr 20, 2014 12:20 AM
 
Supporters of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood take part in a rally to protest against the death penalties for the members of the radical group in Egypt, near the Egyptian embassy in Ankara on April 18, 2014. An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced an Islamist leader on trial for murder alongside deposed president Mohamed Mursi to a year in jail for insulting a prosecutor, judicial sources said. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced an Islamist leader on trial for murder alongside deposed president Mohamed Mursi to a year in jail for insulting a prosecutor, judicial sources said.

Top Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed al-Beltagui and Mursi were both in court on Saturday accused of inciting the killing of opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in Cairo in December 2012.

Their trial is part of a relentless crackdown targeting Mursi and the Brotherhood since the military ousted him on July 3, ending a turbulent single year in office.

The sources said Beltagui, who is currently in custody along with scores of other Brotherhood leaders, was condemned for "insulting" a prosecutor during Saturday's hearing, but without elaborating.

 
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