Sentence against Islamist sheikh Abdullah Badr upheld for inciting 2012 violence
Islamist sheikh Abdullah Badr - YOUM7

CAIRO: A one-year prison term handed to Islamist sheikh Abdullah Badr was upheld by an appeal court Monday for inciting violence that broke out around Ithadeya presidential palace in December 2012, Youm7 reported.

Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court had issued the sentence against Badr and four others in November 2014 on charges of broadcasting false news and inciting murder during a 2012 sit-in outside Ithadeya presidential palace.

During the one-year presidency of Mohamed Morsi, who is also standing trial for alleged complicity in the killing of protesters outside the palace, Badr used to appear heavily at the now-banned radical channel Al-Hafez.

The channel severely criticized the protesters at the time; they were eventually violently dispersed by Muslim Brotherhood members. At least ten from both sides were killed in the clashes, including a journalist.

Badr has been jailed since May 2013; in December 2012 he was sentenced to one year in prison for accusing Egyptian actress Ilham Shahin of “adultery.” His sentence was commuted to six months in September 2014.

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