CAIRO — A recently released Egyptian blogger who served the longest prison term in the Arab world for his writings says jail was a "cruel experience" but his views remain unchanged.
Abdel Kareem Nabil, known by his blogging name Kareem Amer, was arrested in March 2006, was convicted of insulting Islam and the president and served four years in prison. He was released on Nov. 16.
He told reporters on Wednesday that he was slapped in the face, beaten up, deprived of visits and insulted by police officers during his imprisonment.
Nabil said he will keep writing and he will not change his views. Nabil, a former student at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, he was also expelled for his writings.