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Egyptian court finds members of the journalists union guilty of sheltering fugitives

Nov. 19, 2016 7:20 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2016 5:14 P.M.)
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.
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