Salafi Islamist politician Hazem Salah Abu Ismail waves from inside the defendants cage during his trial in the Egyptian capital Cairo on April 16, 2014
Salafi Islamist politician Hazem Salah Abu Ismail waves from inside the defendants cage during his trial in the Egyptian capital Cairo on April 16, 2014 © Mohamed el-Sherpeny - AFP/File
Salafi Islamist politician Hazem Salah Abu Ismail waves from inside the defendants cage during his trial in the Egyptian capital Cairo on April 16, 2014
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Last updated: April 14, 2015

Egypt court upholds jail term for former Islamist candidate

An Egyptian appeals court on Tuesday upheld a seven-year prison sentence for a former Islamist presidential hopeful convicted of lying in nomination papers, a judicial source said.

Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, a firebrand fundamentalist leader, had a devoted following in the run-up to the 2012 elections before his disqualification.

He had claimed neither of his parents were dual citizens when his mother had acquired US nationality.

The election law banned dual citizens or their children from running for president.

That election was won by another Islamist, Mohamed Morsi, who ruled for only a year before the army toppled him and unleashed a deadly crackdown on Islamists.

Abu Ismail was arrested within days of Morsi's ouster along with other Islamist leaders include the former president.

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