Thursday, December 15, 2011

Egypt urged to release blogger sentenced by military court

Amnesty International
14 December 2011

"Egypt’s military rulers are continuing their patterns of abuse, Amnesty International said today, after a military court confirmed the imprisonment of a prominent blogger upon his military retrial.

Prisoner of conscience Maikel Nabil Sanad had his three year sentence reduced to two years today after a retrial before a military court.

He was imprisoned in April for criticizing the post-Mubarak military authorities on his Facebook page and for “spreading lies and rumours about the armed forces” on his blog.

Maikel Nabil Sanad should be released immediately and unconditionally,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director.

He is a prisoner of conscience who should never have been prosecuted in the first place.”....."

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