Egyptian blogger defiant after jail release

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The Independent Online

An Egyptian blogger, recently released after serving four years for his writings, has said jail was a "cruel experience" but that his views are unchanged.

Abdel Kareem Nabil, known by his blogging name Kareem Amer, was arrested in March 2006 and convicted of insulting Islam and the President.

Nabil was an outspoken secularist. He often lashed out at Al-Azhar – the most prominent religious centre in Sunni Islam – calling it "the university of terrorism" and accusing it of encouraging extremism.