Judge Mekki found not guilty

Just got news from the High Court that Judge Mahmoud Mekki has been found not guilty. Judge Hisham Bastawissi's case has been postponed since he was hospitalized yesterday after a heart attack.

I returned from this morning's protests before the decision came out. There was a quite a lot of violence and many people (some say 260, mostly Muslim Brothers) who were arrested.

Details and pictures later.

Update: Ayman Nour's appeal has been denied. This means he will serve his full five-year sentence and ends his political career, since past convicts cannot run for parliament.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.