The Economic Appeals Court sentenced businessman Salah Diab to six months in prison on Wednesday for insulting parliamentarian and chairman of the Zamalek Club Mortada Mansour in a phone call.
Diab, who was referred to court in April 2015, was also convicted of harassing Mansour by repeated phone calls, was fined EGP20,000 (around $2,550).
A previous verdict in December 2015 fined Diab EGP10,000 (around $1280) but Mansour appealed the sentence.
In the trials leading up to the verdict, Diab’s defence argued that the phone call, where Diab insults Mansour, was recorded without the prosecution's permission.
The defence also argued that the recording of the phone call was edited and that 10 minutes prior to that call Mansour called Diab and threatened him.
The verdict can be further appealed in front of the Court of Cassation. However, Diab was sentenced in absentia and can get arrested before filingng an appeal.
Diab is the co-founder of Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, one of Egypt's most widely read daily newspapers.