CAIRO An Egyptian appeals court docket suspended a jail sentence on Saturday in opposition to the former head of the journalists’ union for harboring colleagues wished by authorities and for spreading untrue news, judicial sources and a attorney explained.
Yehia Qalash and two colleagues were sentenced to two decades in jail in November in a case which Amnesty Global condemned as a further more crackdown on freedom of expression in Egypt.
The appeals court docket on Saturday gave Qalash and the two board customers, Khaled al-Balshy and Gamal Abdel Rahim, a one-12 months suspended jail sentence.
Prosecutors experienced purchased the 3 adult males experience trial final Might, amid endeavours by Egyptian authorities to quell soaring dissent in opposition to army standard-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
The fees in opposition to them associated to a law enforcement raid final Might on the Journalists’ Syndicate to arrest two opposition journalists who experienced sought shelter there from arrest.
Union officials explained law enforcement stormed the constructing for the initial time in the syndicate’s 75-12 months record. The inside ministry denied that, but verified law enforcement experienced arrested the two journalists, Mahmoud El Sakka and Amr Badr.
Sakka and Badr, who are even now awaiting trial, experienced criticized a deal in between Egypt and Saudi Arabia which would have transferred two Purple Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The deal has since been blocked by a court docket in Cairo which dominated the islands were sovereign Egyptian territory.
Qalash’s defense attorney Shaaban Reported explained he considered Saturday’s ruling satisfactory but he even now prepared to charm to the Court docket of Cassation, Egypt’s greatest court docket.
In the journalists’ syndicate election previously this thirty day period, Qalash and Balshy both of those failed in their bids for re-election. Abdel Rahim was re-elected as a board member.
(Reporting by Mohamed Abdellah Composing by Dominic Evans Modifying by Mark Potter)