CAIRO (Ma'an) -- An Egyptian court found three members of the Union of Egyptian Journalists guilty on Saturday
of “sheltering fugitives” in the union's offices.
The Qasr al-Nil -- “Nile Palace” -- court in Cairo sentenced the union's speaker Yahya Qallash and union board members Khalid al-Balshi and Jamal Abd al-Rahim, to two years in prison.
The three were found guilty of providing shelter for fugitives Amr Badr and Mahmoud al-Saqqa, who were arrested inside the union's offices in Cairo where they had been avoiding a court summons.
The defendants were allowed to pay a court-assigned bail of 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($615) to suspend the court decision until lawyers appealed the decision.