Egypt frees blogger critical of President Mubarak

A prominent Egyptian blogger jailed for four years for criticising President Hosni Mubarak has been released.

Cairo: A prominent Egyptian blogger jailed
for four years for criticising President Hosni Mubarak has
been released.

Abdel Kareem Nabil was the first blogger in Egypt
convicted specifically for his writings. His prosecution was
part of a government crackdown on bloggers and media outlets.
Rights groups say he was beaten.

His brother, Abdel Rahman, says he was released Monday
after being held 10 days beyond his sentence without
explanation. He said today that Nabil needed a rest before
talking to media.

Known by his blogging name, Kareem Amer, he was
arrested in 2006 and convicted of insulting Islam and Mubarak.

Earlier, Nabil was expelled from Al-Azhar University
for accusing the state-run religious institution of promoting
extremism and for calling Mubarak a dictator.

PTI

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