Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Protests before Defense Ministry demand blogger's release

Al-Masry Al-Youm

"A movement called ‘No to Military Tribunals’ on Monday staged protests before the Defense Ministry to demand the release of Mikel Nabil, a blogger who was sentenced to three years in prison for insulting the military council.

“My son has been on hunger strike for a week,” said Nabil’s father Sanad. “He said he won’t drink water or take his medicines as of Tuesday.”

Nabil has served five months of his parison sentence so far, and is waiting for the court to decide his appeal on 20 September.

Saad Eddin Ibrahim, member of the Revolution Protection Council, expressed his rejection of trying civilians before military courts, and requested the immediate release of Nabil.

The Justice and Equality Movement called on the military council to release Nabil and all Islamist prisoners-of-conscience because they were “unjustly convicted before the revolution.”"

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