Egypt court jails Morsi-era chief-of-staff for 'forgery'

Al-Tahtawi is accused of appointing a lawyer in the presidency's Office of the Ombudsman "despite a court verdict sentencing the lawyer to 15 years in prison for distributing leaflets"

Egypt court jails Morsi-era chief-of-staff for 'forgery'

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian court on Wednesday slapped Refaa al-Tahtawi – who served as presidential chief-of-staff under ousted President Mohamed Morsi – with a three-year jail term and a $9,000 fine for "forgery."

Al-Tahtawi is accused of appointing a lawyer in the presidency's Office of the Ombudsman "despite a court verdict sentencing the lawyer to 15 years in prison for distributing leaflets," a judicial source told The Anadolu Agency.

The court also slapped the lawyer with a one-year jail term and a $9,000 fine.

Wednesday's verdict is still subject to appeal.

Al-Tahtawi, a former career diplomat, remains in detention pending a separate trial in which Morsi himself and 33 others face charges of "espionage."

Many figures associated with Morsi's brief tenure as president – along with his Muslim Brotherhood group – have been detained and tried since his ouster and subsequent imprisonment by the military in mid-2013.

The ousted leader, who says all charges against him and his co-defendants are politically motivated, has refused to recognize the trials' legitimacy and insists he still represents Egypt's democratically-elected president.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Nisan 2015, 17:35
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