CAIRO: An Egyptian judge jailed Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 21 others for a year yesterday for insulting the court during a trial in which ousted president Mohamed Mursi is also a defendant.
Earlier, Badie had lashed out against another court’s death sentence against him and 682 alleged Islamists, insisting that the “coup” that toppled Mursi would be defeated.
Badie, Mursi and the others are in the dock for allegedly plotting attacks and jail breaks, in one of many trials for the Islamists since the army ousted Mursi last July. The judge sentenced Badie and 20 others inside the caged dock for turning their backs on him.
Another defendant, firebrand preacher Safwat Hegazy, was sentenced to a year for contempt after he called out to the judge using his first name.
“I did not attend this trial, and I along with 1,000 others have been condemned to death,” said Badie of this week’s sentencing, which took place in his absence. “The coup will end,” he said.
Mursi, who often tries to interrupt court proceedings with speeches, added: “This farce will end.” Mursi faces three trials, all of which can lead to the death sentence. Much of the leadership of his Brotherhood movement has been arrested and put on trial.
Justice Minister Nayer Abdel-Moneim Othman defended the judiciary yesterday, saying it was “independent”. AFP