Last Update 23:15
Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Egypt court rejects motion to overturn novelist Ahmed Naji's 2-year sentence

Ahmed Naji can still appeal the sentence at a higher court

Ahram Online , Saturday 16 Jul 2016
Ahmed Nagy
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1640
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1640

A Cairo court on Sunday ruled against a request to overturn the two year prison sentence handed down to novelist Ahmed Naji for publishing a “sexually explicit” novel.

The misdemeanour court stated in its reasoning that Naji did violate public decency by using "explicitly obscene phrases and words" in the novel's chapters.

The court added that the novelist did not denying writing the novel.

Naji was sentenced to two years in prison in February over charges of violating public decency after excerpts of his novel The Use of Life were published in a literary magazine in 2014.

Naji had been acquitted in January but the prosecution appealed the verdict and he was sentenced in a retrial.

The case was brought against him by an individual who claimed to have experienced health issues after reading the excerpt.

Naji's defence team have filed an appeal before the cassation court against the two year sentence, but the appeal has not yet been scheduled.  

Egyptian novelists and intellectuals declared their support to Nagy, demanding his releasing and stating that his prison sentence is unconstitutional.    

 

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.