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Held on Obscenity Charges, Egyptian Author Freed from Prison

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An Egyptian author has walked out of a Cairo police station after a court suspended his two-year prison sentence pending review of his appeal on obscenity charges. The year-long case of Ahmed Naji, after a magazine published a sexually explicit excerpt of his novel, has drawn international condemnation and accusations of a crackdown on freedom of expression. It was seen as part of a larger crackdown on civil rights in Egypt under the rule of army chief-turned-President Abdel-Fattah...


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