In this Oct. 28, 2011 photo, Egyptian Muslim cleric and candidate for the Egyptian presidency Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, smiles as he talks to his supporters at Tahrir Sqaure during a protest against the
In this Oct. 28, 2011 photo, Egyptian Muslim cleric and candidate for the Egyptian presidency Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, smiles as he talks to his supporters at Tahrir Sqaure during a protest against the

An Egyptian court sentenced a top ultraconservative Islamist and former presidential hopeful to one year in prison on charges of insulting judges.

The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail of the Salafist trend on Monday for comments he allegedly made on another trial.

Abu-Ismail was a top ally of the country's ousted President "Mohammad Morsi", now facing several charges. The original charges against Abu-Ismail are related to the alleged forging of his mother's nationality during his presidential bid in 2012.

Abu-Ismail told judges on Monday that "the court is void ... This is not a real judiciary in the first place". His trial was held in a venue adjacent to Tora prison where he along with a large number of members from Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood are held.

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