CAIRO: The Boulaq Misdemeanours Court today threw out a civil case against newspaper editor-in-chief Ibrahim Eissa.
The case, brought by lawyer Hatem Mohamed, concerned newspaper articles published last year in the daily Al-Dostour, edited by Eissa.
The articles suggested that President Hosni Mubarak is in ill health.
Charges of spreading false information of a nature likely to undermine national stability were leveled against Eissa in both criminal and civil cases brought by the public prosecution office and private individuals.
Last Wednesday, the New Cairo Court found Eissa guilty of criminal charges in the case brought by the public prosecution office and he was sentenced to six months imprisonment, a decision widely criticized by local and international rights groups.
He is currently free on bail pending appeal.
In today’s civil trial, the court threw out the case because, it said, Hatem Mohamed lacks standing, being an uninvolved third party.