Egyptian hardline Islamist leader jailed for one year

By REUTERS
April 12, 2014 18:27

 
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CAIRO - An Egyptian court sentenced a hardline Islamist former presidential hopeful to one year in prison on Saturday for insulting the court, state news agency MENA reported.

Salafist preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail is on trial for fraud in a case related to presidential elections in 2012 which brought the now ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood to power.

Abu Ismail, who has links to the Brotherhood, was disqualified from that election after reports that his late mother had held a US passport. Under Egypt's election rules, both a candidate's parents must hold only Egyptian citizenship.

During his short-lived presidential campaign, he built a passionate base of followers among Salafists who broadly opposed Morsi's ousting a year later.

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