Prosecutor demands harsher sentence for Ibrahim Eissa

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CAIRO: State security prosecutor has appealed a six-month jail sentence for an outspoken newspaper editor on the grounds that it is too light, the official news agency reported.

Prosecutor Hesham Badawi asked the court Wednesday for a harsher jail term for Ibrahim Eissa, editor of the daily Al-Dostour, who was convicted of publishing false information about President Hosni Mubarak s health.

Badawi said the court ignored an article in the penal code which stipulates harsher sentences for such offenses.

Eissa avoided prison by posting bail of LE 200 pending his appeal.

In August, Eissa s tabloid speculated on the failing state of the president s health, saying he occasionally lapsed into a coma.- AP

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