Court of Cassation – file photo
CAIRO – 21 May 2018: The Cassation Court upheld the acquittal of Abdel Nasser Salama, former chief editor of state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram, who was charged with assaulting and insulting a journalist in 2013.
Al-Ahram journalist Sahar Abdel Rahman filed a complaint to the general prosecutor in 2013 against Salama, stating that the latter had assaulted her and openly insulted her mother. Salama’s case was subsequently referred to the criminal court.
Following an appeal by lawyer Farid Al-Deeb, Salama was acquitted of the charge. Deeb also defended former President Hosni Mubarak and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, who were acquitted of charges, including corruption and killing protestors.
Abdel Nasser Salama – Twitter account
Salama, an opinion writer for Al-Masry al-Youm, was banned from writing for the newspaper last April amid the newspaper’s clash with the government. The newspaper reported that the state had mobilized voters to participate in the presidential election held in March.
Salama had written many articles in which he criticized the current government’s efforts.
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