November 30, 2014
One day after the judiciary cleared former President Hosni Mubarak of charges related to the killing of protesters, an Egyptian judge sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to three years in jail for insulting the court.
Badie, along with 25 other defendants, was given the sentence after voicing disapproval of the judge's remarks during the trial of more than 100 Brotherhood supporters on charges that they incited riots in the wake of the uprising that forced Mubarak from power in 2011. Badie and several dozen others have already received death sentences and lengthy jail terms following mass trials of protesters.
Large protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square, site of so many protests in the weeks leading up to Mubarak's ouster, and at Cairo University followed the announcement of the verdicts.
Mubarak, 86, had been facing the charges for actions that occurred during the 2011 uprising that led to his ouster. Originally convicted on similar charges, Mubarak spent many months in a military hospital and then saw his convictions overturned, with an appeals court ordering a retrial.
Also cleared of the charges were Habib al-Adly, Mubarak's former interior minister, and six aides.
Large crowds had gathered in Cairo, to celebrate the dropping of the charges against Mubarak.
Mubarak will remain in a military hospital, serving a three-year term after being convicted in a separate embezzlement case.
The freely elected leader who followed Mubarak, Mohamed Morsi, is himself in jail, awaiting a series of trials on charges similar to the ones that Mubarak faced.
Morsi was replaced by the freely elected Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief. Since Sisi's inauguration, the government has cracked down on political dissent, passing a series of strict laws that have resulted in thousands of arrests and hundreds of death sentences.