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Egypt blogger jailed for ‘insult’

ICC NOTE: The blogger, Nabil will serve three years for insulting Islm and “inciting sedtion”, and one year for insulting Egyptians president, Mubarak

Feb 22 2007 BBC News – Nabil was arrested for his “insulting” blog posts in November

An Egyptian court has sentenced an internet blogger to four years’ prison for insulting Islam and the president.

Abdel Kareem Soliman’s trial was the first time that a blogger had been prosecuted in Egypt .

He had used his weblog to criticize the country’s top Islamic institution, the al-Azhar university and President Hosni Mubarak, whom he called a dictator.

A human rights group called the verdict “very tough” and a “strong message” to Egypt ‘s thousands of bloggers.

Mr Soliman, 22, was tried in his native city of Alexandria . He blogs under the name Kareem Amer.

A former student at al-Azhar, he called the institution “the university of terrorism” and accused it of suppressing free thought.

The university expelled him in 2006 and pressed prosecutors to put him on trial.

During the five-minute court session the judge said Soliman was guilty and would serve three years for insulting Islam and inciting sedition, and one year for insulting Mr Mubarak.