No withdrawing of complaint against publisher Hisham Kassem; trial delayed to 9 September

Ahram Online , Monday 4 Sep 2023

In a statement to Ahram Online, lawyer Nasser Amin denied reports suggesting former labour minister Kamal Abu Eita withdrew his complaint against publisher Hisham Kassem, adding that the trial was delayed to 9 September.

Hisham Kassem
A file photo of Egyptian publisher and liberal activist Hisham Kassem. Photo: Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)

 

Last August, Abu Eita filed a libel and slander lawsuit against Kassem who accused the former minister of corruption in a post on Facebook.

The Public Prosecution ordered the release of Kassem an EGP 5,000 bail in the libel and slander case.

However, the renowned publisher refused to post bail, saying he had been unfairly detained and would sooner remain in detention than be released on bail.

Kassem was also charged with verbally assaulting police officers at Sayeda Zeinab Police Station.

On Monday, Amin told Ahram Online that Kassem's family announced after visiting him in jail that said he had been on a hunger strike for 13 days and was living on fluids.

They also stated that Kassem vowed to remain on hunger strike until his release.

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