Egyptian author concerned about lawsuit reports against him

Alaa Al-Aswany's, above, latest novel is about the Egyptian popular demonstrations in 2011. (AFP/File)
Updated 20 March 2019
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Egyptian author concerned about lawsuit reports against him

  • Alaa Al-Aswany is currently based in New York
  • The complaints relate to his columns in DW Arabic and his latest novel

CAIRO: A prominent Egyptian novelist is concerned about a possible lawsuit against him after a Cairo lawyer filed a complaint accusing him of “insulting the president, the armed forces and judicial institutions.”
Alaa Al-Aswany, award-wining author of The Yacoubian Building and Chicago, says he heard about the complaint from local Egyptian media.
Al-Aswany, who is currently in New York, told The Associated Press the complaint is related to his columns for German broadcaster Deutsche Welle Arabic and his latest novel, Republic of As If, about the events of Egypt’s 2011 popular uprising.
An Egyptian military official told the AP there are routine complaints against celebrities and when prosecutors decide to raise charges, they’ll “make a statement.”
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to brief reporters.


Egypt’s former president Mohamed Mursi dies after collapsing in court

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Egypt’s former president Mohamed Mursi dies after collapsing in court

CAIRO: Egypt’s state TV says the country's former President Mohamed Mursi collapsed during a court session and died on Monday.

It said Mursi had fainted after a court session and died afterwards.

Mursi, a top figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, was toppled by the military in 2013 after mass protests against this rule. He had been serving a seven-year sentence for falsifying his candidacy application for the 2012 presidential race.

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