CAIRO: Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) spokesman Yasser Mehrez was sentenced Saturday to two years in prison and a 500 EGP ($70) fine by the 6 October City Misdemeanor Court headed by Judge Haytham Gad al-Mawla on charges of violence and calling for demonstrations supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi, Youm7 reported.
The FJP is the political arm of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Mehrez was also charged with incitement against security forces and financing terrorist operations.
Investigators claimed Mehrez has an important leading role among Muslim Brotherhood leaders, and organized the April 21 march in District 8 against the events of June 30, which resulted in Morsi’s ouster.
Mehrez denied all charges against him by the prosecution during investigations.
“I have never been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood group either before or after being the FJP spokesperson,” he said according to Tahrir News. “I have no conviction with MB thoughts, or even sympathize with them.”
Mehrez was arrested by Giza security forces in April in District 12, 6 October City on charges of incitement and implication in terrorist attacks, The Cairo Post reported.