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Egypt: Writer wins appeal, court orders retrial

24 May 2017

A Cairo court of misdemeanour cassation ruled on 21 May 2017 in favour of writer Ahmed Naji’s appeal to cancel his initial two-year prison sentence for publishing “sexually explicit” writings in one of his novels, reported Ahram Online on 21 May 2017.

The court ordered a retrial for the writer to be heard by a different court.

Naji’s lawyer Khaled Ali said the court’s verdict shows that the writer has spent time in jail while being innocent and expressed hope that he would be acquitted in the retrial, reported Egypt Independent on 21 May 2017.

This latest appeal was Naji’s fourth appeal. The writer’s original case was acquitted in January 2016, but the prosecution appealed the ruling successfully and a retrial the next month led to his two-year prison sentence.

Naji served 10 months in prison, from February to December 2016, before being released when Egypt’s highest court suspended his sentence

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