Egyptian court upholds 4 years jailing of blogger

AP News
Posted: Dec 22, 2009 3:38 PM

Egypt's High Appeal Court has upheld the four-year prison sentence given to an Egyptian blogger who was convicted of insulting Islam and Egypt's president.

Egypt's official news agency said Tuesday that the court rejected 24-year-old Abdel Kareem Nabil's last appeal.

Nabil, a former student at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, was sentenced by an Alexandria court in February 2007 to three years in prison for insulting the Prophet Muhammad and another year for insulting the president.

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In the trial, Nabil was convicted for calling Islam a brutal religion in a piece he wrote in 2005 after Muslim worshippers attacked a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria.

Reporters Without Borders condemned Tuesday's decision.