Pro-Morsi journalist gets 3 years jail in Egypt

An Egyptian court has sentenced Mohamed Nasser, a fleeing TV anchor and supporter of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, to three years jail in absentia on Saturday.

State-run Al-Ahram news website reported that Nasser was convicted on charges of circulating anti-government false news.

Currently working for Sharq TV, which addresses Morsi’s supporters from Turkey, Nasser has been accused of “spreading false news for the purpose of disturbing general security and social peace, inciting sectarian strife among the Egyptian people and provoking violence against the state institutions.”

Nasser fled to Turkey among hundreds of Morsi’s supporters after the Islamist president was removed by the military in July 2013 in response to mass protest against Morsi’s one-year rule and his now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

The convicted TV presenter, now a TV star for Morsi’s loyalists, always denied belonging to the Brotherhood.

Most of Morsi’s loyalists, including the ousted president himself, are currently in custody facing various charges varying from inciting violence to espionage.

In October, an Egyptian top court confirmed a 20-year prison sentence against the deposed Islamist president over inciting clashes between his supporters and opponents outside the presidential palace in late 2012 that left 10 people dead.


Xinhua/Zainab Sa’id