Cassation Court upholds five-year prison sentence against Abu Ismail

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Salafi preacher and former presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail (AFP/ FILE PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI)

Egypt’s Court of Cassation upheld on Saturday a five-year prison sentence for former presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail for being accused of inciting the besieging of a Nasr City Court and the use of violence against prosecutors.

The court also upheld the five-year terms of five other defendants convicted in the case, rejecting the appeal presented by them and the Salafist leader.

In 2017, a Cairo court sentenced Abu Ismail and others to prison terms following convictions for inciting the besieging of a Nasr City Court in December 2012, the use of violence against prosecutors, and preventing state employees from carrying out their duties.

The events took place when Abu Ismail, a popular figure among Salafists, gathered his supporters and surrounded the court where some of his followers were facing trial.

He is currently serving a seven-year term, which was upheld in 2014, for fabricating the documents he submitted to run as a candidate in the 2012 presidential elections.

The once-popular TV preacher and prominent supporter of currently banned Muslim Brotherhood was convicted of faking documents to hide that his mother has a United States citizenship, in order to qualify him for the election.

He has also been given two separate one-year jail terms for insulting the judiciary and contempt of court, offences which occurred during his trials. Abu Ismail was arrested a few days after the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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