Egypt court sentences pro-Morsi TV anchor to 3 years in jail

Cairo, Nov 19 (IANS) An Egyptian court sentenced a fleeing TV anchor and supporter of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to three years in prison for circulating anti-government false news on Saturday, media reports said.

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 and provoking violence against the state institutions”, Xinhua news agency reported.

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 protests against Morsi’s one-year rule and his now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

The convicted TV presenter always denied belonging to the Brotherhood.

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

In October, an Egyptian top court confirmed a 20-year prison sentence against President Mohamed Morsi over inciting clashes between his supporters and opponents that left 10 people dead.