Egyptian court sentences pro-Morsi newspaper editor to three years in jail

Published July 11th, 2016 - 09:30 GMT
Magdy Hussein, editor-in-cheif of al-Shaab newspaper, was sentenced to three years in prison on defamation charges. (File photo)
Magdy Hussein, editor-in-cheif of al-Shaab newspaper, was sentenced to three years in prison on defamation charges. (File photo)

A Cairo court sentenced on Sunday Magdy Hussein, the editor-in-chief of al-Shaab newspaper, to three years in prison on charges of defamation and insulting of the Supreme Constitutional Court judges.

The Cairo Criminal Court also sentenced Morsi el-Adham, a journalist at al-Shaab newspaper, to three years, according to the state-owned Middle East News Agency.

The court levied an $1,126 fine for each of the defendants and ordered the confiscation of all printed copies of the newspaper’s edition that contained defamation, libel and insult.

The Supreme Constitutional Court judges had filed a case against both defendants in the wake of a report published by the newspaper in June 2013, in which the defendants accused the judges of illegally procuring state land among other allegations.

In March, a Giza court upheld an eight-year prison sentence handed to Hussein, a vocal supporter of former president Mohamed Morsi, on accusations of promoting extremist ideologies, harming national unity and social peace.

Hussein was a leading figure in a pro-Morsi alliance that was formed following the military ouster of Morsi in July 2013.


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