Middle East

Egypt court sentences blogger to 3 years for insulting women

An Egyptian court has sentenced a blogger to three years in jail with hard labor for "spreading false news" after he said about 45 percent of married Egyptian women have the readiness for "immorality" and to cheat on their husbands.

The court said Saturday that Taymour el-Sobki's comments on a talk show in December would harm the public peace and damage the public interests. He can still appeal the sentence.

El-Sobky faced a backlash from other TV talk show hosts and civilians who filed complaints to public prosecutors accusing him of insulting Egyptian women.

Public prosecutors, who have the right to vet such complaints and to choose which ones to pursue, charged el-Sobky and took him to court on these grounds.