Thursday, April 03, 2008

Prosecutor asks for longer sentence in Eissa´s case

According to this AP newswire(originally the official newsagency MENA), Prosecutor Hesham Badawi yesterday pushed for an appeal of the recent six-months verdict against al Doustor editor in chief, Ibrahim Eissa, on grounds that the sentence was too light. Eissa was convicted of spreading false information on President Mubarak´s health, roumours that was said to have caused a financial outflux of investments from Egypt of 350 million USD during the two days in late August 2007,when the story was run according to witnesses from the Egyptian central Bank during the trial.

Badawi argued that the court had failed to take into consideration an article in the penal code that opens up for a longer sentence than the six months, Eissa recieved. Eissa is freed on bail pending an appeal by his defence, questioning the sentence.

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