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Egypt court jails Qaradawi’s son for ‘false news’

Court jails Qaradawi's son and two others for 5 years for spreading false news

01.03.2017
Egypt court jails Qaradawi’s son for ‘false news’

By Mustafa Eid

CAIRO

An Egyptian court on Tuesday jailed three people, including the son of prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi, for five years for allegedly spreading false news, according to a local judicial source.

The court said Abdul-Rahman al-Qaradawi and two other defendants were found guilty of spreading false news that harm state security, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

The three were also ordered to pay a $30 fine each.

Tuesday’s verdict is still subject to appeal.

Qaradawi’s son was previously slapped with a 3-year jail term on charges of spreading false news.

He is also sought by the authorities to stand trial on charges of offending the judiciary, in which former president Mohamed Morsi and 23 others are being tried.

Egyptian authorities have launched a harsh crackdown on supporters of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group following a 2013 coup, killing hundreds and sending thousands behind bars.

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