Five Egyptian journalists have been charged with breaching a gag order in the trial of a tycoon accused of ordering the murder of a Lebanese singer, state news agency MENA reported on Tuesday.
The journalists will face trial on Dec. 4 for "violating a publication ban in the case of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim," the agency reported.
The journalists include Abbas Al-Tarabili, editor of the opposition newspaper Al-Wafd, and Magdy Al-Jalaa, editor of the independent daily Al-Masri Al-Yom.
Meanwhile, two lawyers have filed a complaint against three state-owned newspapers, also for breaching the reporting ban, the Daily News reported.
The lawyers complained to the public prosecutor's office that Al-Ahram, Al-Gomhuria and Al-Akhbar all breached the ban in what they described as a "grave transgression," the Egyptian newpaper said.
Under Egyptian law, private individuals may bring cases against others, often with political motives.
Hisham Talaat Mustafa, a stalwart of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party, allegedly paid retired policeman Mohsen Al-Sukkari, who is also on trial, $2 million to kill Tamim, 30.
The singer was found dead in her Dubai apartment on July 28, with her throat cut.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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