PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 12/38/98
8 July 1998
Further information on UA 80/98 (MDE 12/16/98, 12 March 1998) - Possible
prisoners of conscience / Health concern
EGYPT Magdi Ahmad Hussain, editor-in-chief, aged 45
Mohammad Hilal, journalist, aged 32
Magdi Ahmad Hussain and Mohammad Hilal, respectively editor-in-chief and
journalist of the opposition newspaper al-Sha’ab, were released from detention
on 3 July 1998 after their sentences were overturned by the Court of Cassation
due to procedural irregularities at their trial.
Both men had served four months of a one years’ prison sentence, with hard
labour, imposed by a Cairo Appeal court on 24 February after they were accused
of libel against ‘Ala’ al-Alfi, the son of former Interior Minister Hasan
al-Alfi. This followed a series of articles published in al-Sha’ab in 1996
which accused him of corruption.
No more action is required by the Urgent Action network. Many thanks to all
who sent appeals.