EGYPT JAILS DISSIDENT BLOGGER FOR FOUR YEARS

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An Egyptian court sentenced a dissident blogger to four years in prison Thursday for insulting Islam and defaming President Hosni Mubarak. The court, in the second city of Alexandria, sentenced Abdel Karim Suleiman to three years for insulting Islam and one year for defaming the president, fellow blogger and rights activist Dalia Ziyada said. Suleiman has been in custody since November 2006 and his trial started January 25. He denied all the charges. His detention has already been criticized by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Reporters Without Borders.

The 22-year-old blogger, also known by his pen name Karim Amer, was arrested after posting an entry on his blog lashing out at Al Azhar University - the highest seat of Sunni Islamic learning

Middle East Times