MADRID: – An Egyptian military court sentenced actor Amr Waked to eight years in prison on charges of “spreading false news” and “insulting state institutions”.
Amr Waked, 45, revealed that people close to the military prosecution in Egypt told him that he has been sentenced to five and three years in two different cases which are “spreading fake news and insulting state institutions.”.
According to the British newspaper “The Times”, Waked said that he was not formally notified by the verdicts because the court has not yet ratified them.
Waked, who currently lives in Europe, is known for his roles in European series and films. He’s also well-known for his harsh criticism of the Egyptian government led by President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi.
The verdict was due to his criticism of the execution of several detainees related to the case of the killing of the Egyptian Attorney General in 2015, which international organizations have denied and stated that the confessions were extracted under torture.
Refusing to renew Amr Waked ‘s passport
According to the available information, Amr Waked visited the Egyptian embassy in Madrid and was informally informed of these provisions. He was also told that he was “a threat to the Egyptian government”.
According to the report, he is expected to be imprisoned for eight years, as a result of the two sentences.
The embassy in Madrid also refused to renew Amr Waked’s passport, stating that he could not renew his Egyptian passport unless he returns back to his country, which will expose him to danger.
Earlier, the Syndicate of Egyptian Professions cancelled Amr’s membership without clarifying the reasons.
This came after Waked had criticized the unjustified executions committed by the Egyptian authorities.
Skyline International believes that the judgments against Amr Waked are unfair, biased and illegal.
They contravene the provisions of the Egyptian Constitution that allows freedom of expression and dissemination by various means and tools.
Amr Waked has only criticized the government, which is a legally guaranteed right by international norms and conventions. The authorities in Egypt must respect this right, and therefore abolish the two verdicts.
There is no doubt that the Egyptian authorities are afraid of criticism so as not to expose their numerous violations of human rights.
A genuine review of the bias of the judiciary and the executive authority is required. All judgments must be impartial and in compliance with the laws and public freedoms guaranteed to citizens.