Friday 15 December 2017

Head of Egypt press union jailed for two years

Yahia Qalash has been jailed for two years
Yahia Qalash has been jailed for two years

The head of the journalists' union and two board members have been sentenced to two years in prison and fined £10,000 by a court in Egypt for harbouring two wanted journalists

The ruling on Saturday against Yahia Qalash, head of Egypt's press union, and two others comes after a seven-month trial.

The case goes back to April when the security forces raided the syndicate building to arrest two journalists wanted over protests against the president's decision to transfer Egyptian sovereignty over two strategic Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia.

Journalists staged protests demanding the interior minister's resignation, and a presidential apology. Instead, Qalash and two others were detained, questioned, and charged for giving shelter to two wanted men.

AP

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