Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Egyptian editor jailed for remarks on Mubarak

Outspoken Egyptian journalist Ibrahim Eissa was sentenced to six months in jail on Wednesday for supposedly inciting national instability by speculating on the health of President Hosni Mubarak, Agence France-Presse reported the same day.

The charges against Eissa stemmed from accusations that his reports on Mubarak’s health led investors to pull their money out of Egypt during a time when some $350 million in foreign investment was withdrawn from the Egyptian stock exchange. Eissa denies any responsibility for Egypt’s economic downturn. Instead, he accuses the courts of playing politics, and the government of shifting blame for bad policies.

“The regime is trying to defend itself because it knows it has plunged the country into successive crises and, if my imprisonment will make bread reach the people who are queuing for it, then I am ready to go to prison,” he said.

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