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Morsi’s son sentenced for drug use

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Abdullah Morsi and his friend were arrested earlier this year after they were found in a car, reportedly in possession of hashish

The son of ousted president  Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to a year in prison with labour and fined EGP 10,000 for drug abuse on Wednesday.

A friend of Morsi’s son, who was arrested along with him, received the same sentence.

They were sentenced by the Banha Criminal Court, under very tight security measures, state-run MENA reported. Security forces cordoned the court and set up various checkpoints.

Abdullah Morsi and his friend were arrested on 1 March, after they were reportedly found in  possession of two cigarettes containing hashish, state media had reported.  The pair was found in a car parked on the side of the road and were brought in after security forces inspected the car. After the incident was referred to prosecution, prosecutors charged them with possessing hashish for the purpose of using it.

Following his ouster, the former president has been behind bars. He was held incommunicado for months before being referred to court and now faces numerous charges in four separate trials.

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