(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) An Egyptian court on Wednesday slapped a former minister, who had served under ousted President Mohamed Morsi, with a three-year jail term on charges of fraud, a judicial source has said.
"The court slapped [former legal affairs minister] Mohamed Mahsoub with a three-year jail term and a fine of $1.310 for swindling a Saudi businessman," the source told The Anadolu Agency.
The verdict is still subject to appeal.
Mahsoub, the former dean of the school of law at Menoufiya University in the Nile Detla, denounced the verdict.
"I am confident that the cause of my homeland is more important," he wrote on Facebook.
Mahsoub is currently abroad after he fled Egypt following the ouster of Morsi, the country's first freely elected president, by the military in mid-2013.
Egyptian authorities have started a relentless crackdown on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and his supporters since his overthrow.
Morsi himself is now in jail on multiple charges, including jailbreak and espionage.