Feb 28, 1998, 12:01 AM
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prison in year a faces editor egyptian the of editor-in-chief hussein, ahmed magdi -- irna 28, .feb athens, and arrested be to expected is al-shaab, paper islamic biweekly a from returns he after airport cairo from straight prison to taken .tehran to visit send to decided has court cairo a kind, its of ruling first the in .libel of him convicting after prison to hussein magdi the the by tuesday last down handed was sentence prison one-year a the against, district boulaq cairo's for court appeals misdemeanour .reported weekly al-ahram newspaper egyptian in articles of series a publishing for trial on put was hussein 1996, in party, labor islamist-oriented the of mouthpiece al-shaab, el-alfi, hassan minister interior then of son el-alfi, alaa accusing .influence-peddling of also and hussein against el-alfi alaa by filed were lawsuits two .cartoonist al-shaab an hilal, mohamed against amin hassan azza by hussein against brought was lawsuit third a she that alleged newspaper the because moussa mustafa husband her and and (minister interior the of son another) el-alfi adel to married was .prices cheap at property buy to relationship this used she that three-year a to 27 january on hussein sentenced court primary a egyptian 15,000 of fine a plus - case each for year one - imprisonment . pounds later court the .bars behind year one to sentenced was hilal imprisonment, in years two to hussein against sentence the reduced the to el-alfi alaa by brought lawsuits two the of one combining after .amin azza by filed lawsuit the reduced further court appeals the .appeal an filed hussein egyptian 7,500 to fine the and imprisonment year one to sentence .pounds .upheld was hilal against sentence imprisonment year one the recourse only the al-ahram, said sources, legal to according .cassation of court the to case his take to is now hussein for left sentence, prison the contests he unless jail to go must he but .decision a reaches cassation of court the until delay a demanding rumeih, talaat commented "precedent, dangerous very a is this" .chief editor-in assistant al-shaab's to newspaper opposition leading a of editor-in-chief the sending" view will journalists .consequences negative have to bound is jail they and press the of freedom the against message a as ruling this courageous are they if destiny same the face could they that feel will ".controversial something write to enough human for organisation egyptian the with lawyer a hafez, - abdel sentences imprisonment that believed " journalists that said rights, infamous the of cancellation the following question the of out were ".93 law from returning was he when know not did they said family hussein's at him for waiting and ready were police that claimed rumeih .tehran .airport the that weekly al-ahram told shukri ibrahim leader party labor inadequate of result the was and "unacceptable" is sentence the .deliberation legal nk/jh end