Egyptian Court Vacates Novelist Ahmed Naji’s Sentence, Orders New Trial

The novelist was   initially   acquitted in January 2016. This “article,” which appeared in 2015, was an excerpt from Naji’s novel Using Life,   which will appear in translation by Ben Koerber in November of this year. Naji released a   new short-story collection, لغز المهرجان المشطور, at this year’s Cairo International Book Fair. However, the prosecution quickly appealed   and won a conviction the very next   month. The case has had a number of ups and downs. Ali also posted about the verdict on Facebook, thanking the whole legal team. Khaled Ali, a lawyer in Naji’s defense team, told Al Masry Al Youm that the   verdict demonstrates   Naji   spent long months   in jail despite his innocence, and that “he did nothing but offer excellent work.” Ali expressed to   Al Masry Al Youm   a   hope that his client would be acquitted in the retrial. Lawyers have relentlessly appealed the sentence, and Naji was released in December 2016 pending a final appeal. Naji   was charged after an Akhbar al-Adab   reader filed a legal complaint because the excerpt allegedly made him feel ill. You can find more on the Facebook page MysteriesODS. Novelist Ahmed Naji has won his appeal before Egypt’s   Court of Cassation   — in the case of an allegedly sexually provocative novel excerpt — with the court vacating his two-year prison sentence and ordering his retrial:
On Sunday, the Cairo court   ordered that the novelist’s previous conviction be cancelled and the case heard by a different court. Advertisements

Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrPinterestPocketLike this:Like Loading…‹ Sunday Submissions: ‘Hawai’i Review’ Looking for Translations, Creative Translation, Multilingual WorkCategories: Egypt The collection had   been in the works for some ten years, and had just come together before he was put in prison in February 2016. The new collection was published by Dar Merit; you can find three short stories, translated by Mona Kareem, on ArabLit. The young novelist   was originally sentenced in February 2016 for “violating public morals” by publishing what Ahram Online   terms a   “sexually flagrant article” in the journal Akhbar Al-Adab. After the ruling, Naji wrote about the vacated sentence on his website, and found a photo location that reflected his views on the case.