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Professor jailed in Egypt image case
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- An Egyptian-American academic has lost his appeal against a seven-year jail sentence imposed after he was convicted of tarnishing Egypt's reputation.
Saad Eddin Ibrahim, 63, was originally sentenced last year for embezzlement, receiving foreign funds without authorisation and tarnishing Egypt's reputation.
The case has been condemned as politically motivated by Egyptian human rights organisations.
They said the case against Ibrahim, a sociology professor at the American University in Cairo and an outspoken human rights advocate, was aimed at limiting political debate in Egypt.
Ibrahim listened to the verdict without visible reaction. He believed the verdict was "politically motivated" and told Associated Press he would appeal again.
"I am as determined to fight on as ever for freedom and democracy and pay whatever it takes," he said.
Negad Borai, a leading lawyer and political reform advocate, said the outcome revealed serious problems in Egypt.
"This case shows that Egyptian laws are autocratic by nature and that they need to be revised in a way that guarantees the freedom of human rights activists in Egypt," Borai said.
The focus of the case was a grant, from the European Union to a think tank Ibrahim funded and ran, including money to monitor and encourage participation in Egypt's legislative elections in 2000.
Among the projects carried out under the grant was a documentary meant to encourage voting by, in part, noting that election fraud is less likely when citizens participate.
Prosecutors alleged passages in the documentary showed problems with Egypt's electoral system and damaged Egypt's image.
Six co-defendants, all staff members of the think tank, were convicted of bribery and fraud charges and received sentences ranging from one to three years. The one-year sentences were suspended by the court.
Court officials said a full explanation of the verdicts and sentences against Ibrahim would be issued later, a common practice in Egypt.
Egypt's government is sensitive to criticism about the treatment of Coptic Christians in the country, and a report Ibrahim compiled on the status of Copts in Egypt was also used by prosecutors during the tarnishing case.
The European Union has said in an affidavit it did not believe its grants, which totalled about 250,000 euros, were misused.