En offentlig tjenestemann i Egypt er dømt til maksimumsstraffen på tre år for å ha skrevet et dikt om president Hosni Mubarak.

Moneer Said Hanna’s family said he wrote satirical poetry for fun, to entertain his work colleagues, and never meant to hurt anyone.

The case was largely unknown until the family asked a newspaper to publish an appeal for clemency.

The Arab Network for Human Rights says it will appeal against the sentence.

It says Mr Hanna, who worked as a civil servant in a small town in upper Egypt, was tried without being given access to a lawyer.


His younger brother, Hanna Said, said that Moneer Said Hanna began writing poetry only recently and was encouraged when his colleagues at the office enjoyed reading it.

But things took a turn for the worse when he began to write about problems at work and everyday life.

He was summoned for interrogation and put on trial for insulting the head of state.

Under Egyptian law, insulting the president can land the offender in jail for up to three years.

Det ingen skjønner er hvorfor Moneer Said Hanna ble dømt når det sirkulerer satiriske dikt om Mubarak fra kjente forfattere, uten at noen reagerer.

Egyptian jailed for insult poem