Egyptian court upholds seven-year-sentence for ex-presidential candidate

April 14, 2015 13:17

Egypt's highest civilian court Tuesday upheld a seven-year jail term for an Islamist politician and ex-presidential candidate convicted of falsifying official documents, his lawyer and judicial sources said.

Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, a hardline Salafist Islamist, was one of many political figures arrested by the military after freely elected Islamist president Mohammad Morsi was toppled in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

Abu Ismail was disqualified from the 2012 election when it emerged that his mother held U.S. citizenship. The election committee said this meant he could not run.

In April last year, a criminal court found him guilty of falsifying official documents related to his mother's nationality, and sentenced him to seven years in jail.

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