Egyptian Court Suspends Author’s Jail Sentence Over Sexually Explicit Book

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s highest court on Sunday ordered the freeing of an author who was jailed for public indecency when extracts from his sexually explicit novel were published in a literary newspaper, his lawyer said.

A chapter from Ahmed Naji’s novel Istikhdam al-Hayat, or Using Life, was serialized in a state-owned literary publication and a case was brought against him last year by a private citizen who claimed it had caused him distress including heart palpitations.

Naji was initially acquitted in January this year but the prosecution appealed against that ruling and he was sentenced to two years in prison in a February retrial.

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