NPR's Morning Edition Spotlight's Saad Ibrahim Case
December 16, 2002
December 16, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - "One of Egypt's most famous political activists was freed from prison earlier this month," noted NPR's Morning Edition today. "Saad Eddin Ibrahim spent nearly two years in prison after Egyptian courts convicted him of defaming the country and accepting money from illegal foreign sources. But Ibrahim's supporters say he was simply a political prisoner, whose only crime was questioning Egypt's election system," added the introduction to a lengthy report on Ibrahim, who taught at DePauw from 1967 to 1974 and is married to Barbara (Lethem), a 1971 DePauw alumna.
The National Public Radio show also included a commentary by David Danzig, an American activist living in Egypt, who says Dr. Ibrahim's case shows the danger of an overly subjective justice system. Earlier this month, Egypt's highest appeals court overturned Dr. Ibrahim's controversial conviction on charges of embezzlement, receiving foreign funds without authorization and tarnishing Egypt's image, and ordered a retrial. The case against Ibrahim, a pro-democracy activist, has been condemned by human rights groups around the world.Back