The verdict sentencing an Egyptian outspoken journalist to two months in jail has been upheld by an appeal court. Ibrahim Eissa was convicted in March, for stories he wrote on President Hosni Mubarak’s health.
The guilty verdict was issued by a lower court, for publishing false information about Mr Mubarak’s health. Mr Eissa wrote that the 80-year-old leader occasionally lapsed into a coma.
“National stability” was threatened by the reports said the judges, who sentenced the journalist to six months.
Arguing that the verdict was too light, State Security prosecutors appealed it, but on Sunday the court reduced his sentence by four months.
Although he wasn’t in court Sunday, Mr Eissa, editor of the daily Al-Dustour, said he planned to turn himself in to serve his sentence.