2 pro-Brotherhood anchors sentenced to 2 years over incitement against state bodies

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced two pro-Muslim Brotherhood T.V. anchors to two years in prison on charges of “incitement against security personnel and state institutions,” Youm7 reported.

The Dokki Misdemeanor Court issued its ruling in absentia against Moataz Matar and Mohamed Nasser; two Egyptian presenters working with the Turkey-based Al Sharaq opposition T.V. station.

The court also fined them 5,000 EGP ($530) each. The verdict, which can be appealed, was in response to a lawsuit filed by a state institution against the duo, who are believed to be sympathizers of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

Matar is an outspoken critic of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and his government. In July 2015, an Egyptian court sentenced Matar to 10 years in prison on charges of inciting the overthrow of the government and use of violence against state institutions.

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