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Iryna Nozdrovska

A lawyer has been found dead in Ukraine days after helping to make sure the man convicted of causing the death of her sister was not released from prison.

The body of Iryna Nozdrovska was found in a district of Kyiv on January 1, days after she was reported missing after leaving work on December 29.

Nozdrovska was the target of threats for her efforts in the case of Dmytro Rossoshanskyy, who was convicted of causing the death of Nozdrovska’s sister, Svitlana Sapatinska, in 2015 when he hit her while driving his car.

Judges rejected an appeal by Rossoshanskyy, the nephew of a Kyiv region judge, to overturn under an amnesty his seven-year prison term on December 27, thanks in large part to efforts by Nozdrovska to raise public awareness about the case.

Nozdrovska and others mentioned that the young man’s "drug-addict mates" had come to the court to take him home ahead of his expected release. She thanked the judges for what she called "one of the extremely rare just court rulings."

Based on reporting by Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
Deposed Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi (file photo)

A court in Egypt has sentenced former Islamist President Muhammad Morsi to three years in prison after convicting him for insulting the judiciary.

The court in Cairo ruled on December 30 that Morsi had defamed the judiciary in a public speech he made more than four years ago "with the aim of spreading hate," according to state TV.

The court also sentenced 18 co-defendants in the same case to three years in prison each.

Five others, including prominent pro-democracy campaigner Alaa Abdel-Fattah, were fined 30,000 Egyptian pounds ($1,688)

Morsi was Egypt's first freely elected president. He was ousted by the military in 2013 after mass protests against his one-year divisive rule.

He has since faced trial on a host of charges, including espionage and conspiring with foreign groups.

Since 2013, Egypt has cracked down on Islamists, jailing thousands of them as well as secular and liberal activists.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa

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