SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- An Egyptian court has sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 25 others to three years in prison for contempt of court.
The court made the ruling on Sunday during his trial along with ousted President Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on charges of storming prisons during the 2011 uprising, which toppled former dictator Hosni Mubarak.
The judge, Shaaban al-Shamy, gave the 26 defendants jail terms to punish them for chanting “void, void” in response to his remarks at the courtroom.
Morsi, however, was not punished because he did not participate in the chanting.
The harsh penalty for insulting the court came a day after another Egyptian court dismissed a murder charge against Mubarak in connection with the killing of hundreds of protesters during the uprising.
The court also acquitted Mubarak of a corruption charges, but the toppled president will remain in prison as he is serving a three-year sentence at a military hospital for embezzling public funds.
The government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is accused of leading the suppression of Brotherhood supporters, as hundreds of them have been killed in clashes with security forces since the ouster of Morsi in a military coup in July 2013.
Rights groups say the army’s crackdown on the supporters of Morsi has left over 1,400 people dead and 22,000 arrested, while some 200 people have been sentenced to death in mass trials.
The UN Human Rights Council has repeatedly expressed concern over the heavy-handed crackdown and killing of peaceful anti-government protesters by Egyptian security forces.