CAIRO – Egyptian court officials say a Salafi preacher and top Muslim Brotherhood ally has been sentenced to a year in prison with labor for insulting judges during a trial at the Cairo police academy.
Safwat Hegazy, who joined ranks with the Brotherhood in supporting the electoral campaign of the now-deposed Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, was sentenced Wednesday for remarks made the same day while on trial with 130 others, including Morsi, for escaping from prison during the country’s 2011 uprising.
Hegazy was a key speaker at the main pro-Morsi sit-in dispersed by security forces last August. He had told protesters to hold their ground and promised to reverse the military’s overthrow of Morsi.
Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.
In February, the GMBDW reported that Hegazy was one of 14 Muslim Brotherhood leaders referred to criminal court on accusations of burning an Egytpian national security building.
Hegazy has been a Trustee of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi and is notorious for extremist statements. He has earlier been banned from entering the UK and France in connection with those statements.
For a profile on Safwat Hegazy, go here.