CAIRO: The Nasr City Misdemeanor Court sentenced the former Morsi-era governor of Nile Delta governorate of Sharqia to four years in jail for participating in an “illegal and unauthorized protest,” Youm7 reported Thursday.
Hassan el-Nagar, who was the head of the Cairo Appeals Court, was appointed as Sharqia governor in 2012 by Islamist President Morsi before he was sacked a year later following the military-backed ouster of Morsi in July 2013.
Nagar was also ordered to pay an EGP 50,000 (#6,700) fine while, according to legal sources, the ruling can be appealed.
According to a statement issued in March 31 by the office of Attorney General Hisham Barakat, el-Nagar, along with some 50 protesters, participated Sunday in a pro-Muslim Brotherhood protest outside a shopping mall in Cairo’s northern district of Nasr City, Youm7 reported.
He is so far the highest-ranking government official to be tried under the protest law, which outlaws demonstrations without prior police approval. The law entered into force during the tenure of Interim President Adly Mansour in November 2013.
The law has been condemned by numerous rights and press freedom groups.
In February, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued a law to define terrorist entities. According to the new law, any person described as a terrorist in a court order will be added to a terrorist list.
The two laws were approved amid a significant rise in militancy inside Egypt and Sinai Peninsula in particular since the ouster of Morsi. Militant attacks have left over 500 security personnel dead since then.
On Wednesday, the same court sentenced Mohamed Mahsoub, former minister for legal and parliamentarian affairs during the tenure of Morsi for three years in jail for fraud, Youm7 reported.