Egypt: Cop refusing to guard Israelis imprisoned

A court has sentenced a policeman to six months in prison after convicting him of insubordination for refusing to guard the Israeli embassy, a court official said Sunday. Mohammed Khalaf Hasan, 38, was imprisoned after the Cairo Military Court for Police affairs pronounced its verdict this morning, accusing Hasan of noncompliance with orders by his commander, the court official said. Hasan was ordered to guard the Israeli embassy in early February, but he refused take the assignment. The police officer, who is from the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, went on a hunger strike right after he was ordered to guard the embassy.