Egyptian anchorman to be jailed for insulting politician
Egyptian anchorman Ahmed Moussa

CAIRO: Egyptian anchorman Ahmed Moussa’s sentence of two years in prison and a fine of 20,000 EGP ($2,620) was upheld Tuesday by Nasr City Misdemeanor Court of Appeals, Youm7 reported.

Moussa was convicted for insulting politician Osama Ghazaly Harb. The TV anchor received his first-degree sentence in March, after Harb presented a C.D. of video footage showing Moussa insult him on TV.

Moussa, retried in absentia, said Ghazaly was “working against the state.”

The anchorman is facing another retrial over insulting Egyptian Central Auditing Organization Chairperson Hesham Genena.

On May 6, Nasser City Misdemeanor Court sentenced Moussa to 6 months in prison and a fine of 1,000 EGP (around $ 140) for claiming that Genena “belongs to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.” Genena was appointed by former President Mohamed Morsi, and is one of the few senior officials who maintained their post after Morsi’s ouster.

Moussa appealed the sentence and the court will decide whether it will uphold the sentence of order a retrial on July 14.

Moussa’s lawyer is Fareed al-Deeb, fromer President Hosni Mubarak’s lawyer who succeeded in acquitting Mubarak of several charges.

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