CAIRO, Egypt — A rights lawyer said an Egyptian military court sentenced a poet to three years in prison for insulting the country’s security forces.
The lawyer, Mokhtar Mounir, said Tuesday that Galal el-Beheiri was also convicted of “disseminating false news.”
The verdict can be appealed.
El-Beheiri was arrested in March after he wrote a collection of poems entitled “The Best Women on Earth,” a play on a saying, attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, that Egypt was the birthplace of “the best soldiers on earth.”
In recent years, authorities have detained journalists, novelists, playwrights, and stage actors on charges that include contempt of religion, harming national security, inciting strife, or breaching morality.
Their arrest is part of an ongoing crackdown on dissent that has seen thousands jailed.