Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil was sentenced to three years in jail by a military court for publishing a blog post criticizing military actions/torture/detention. Apparently, as reported by the ANHRI (arabic statement), Maikel’s lawyers were tricked by the military court into thinking the session was adjourned and thus they left. The blogger was then sentenced by the court.
It is important to note that Mr. Nabil was not arrested from Tahrir square or for staying out after curfew; he was arrested from his home on charges specifically related to his blog post.
This is a sad day for the Egyptian Military who have promised freedom of speech and yet their actions do not seem to support their previous declarations.
Tentative list of those killed in the fight against the brutal, repressive Egyptian regime and its President since #jan25.
In full, utter and complete breach of international law (in the form of ICJ rulings, multiple Security Council resolutions and agreements the zionist entity itself made), the Israeli government has approved the building of another major settlement on undisputed Palestinian land.
According to the article linked to above, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States has said that the two countries’ relationship is at its lowest in 35 years. As if that’s what the whole issue is about… like that’s what really matters.
Israeli PM Netanyahu has also apparently said that
“Building these Jewish neighbourhoods in Jerusalem does not hurt the Arabs of East Jerusalem or come at their expense.”
But it’s in breach of International Law and you know it. You also know that it’s not your place to interpret the law and since the rightful owners of the land have not given you permission to use the land, the occupying idiots that you are have no right to do anything what-so-ever. Obviously, and as has been the case since Palestine was internationally recognized as the British Mandate of Palestine, since no one seems to enforce the law, you (the government of Israel) will continue to do as you please.
[This post includes no new addition to the discourse on the Israeli occupation of Palestine. I am just sharing the news]
So I discovered lately that I was gravely mistaken in accusing, or even thinking that, the Government of Egypt follows traditional centralization techniques when it comes to power, as per the unwritten laws of authoritarian governments.
Hossam El-Hamalawy discusses the issue of Egyptian Security Forces apprehending, incarcerating and torturing leftist activists of El-Arish (Capital of the governorate of Northern Sinai).
The Story of the Arrests
More citizens tortured
I’m amazed at how security forces in this country find new ways to inflict pain upon the general population whilst spending truckloads of money on maintaining their army of security personnel (who far exceed the number of Egyptians in the Army – conscripts included) and yet are completely unable to provide adequate services to the public… in any and every way.
I found the whole thing quite peculiar; there are enough activists; leftists, rightists and anything-ists in Cairo to keep all Egyptian security gleefully occupied for months… at the very least. It’s almost like some SOB from some Security agency got transfered to Sinai and wanted to feel at home.
Or maybe Sinai security felt left out? OR they could be, like, trying to please someone. Is it promotion time for them?
Kudos to you Hossam for covering this.
Ahmed El-Sharqawi and Karim El Sha’er, two recently released activists with Youth for Change, have been abducted and detained from Abdel Khaleq Tharwat Street in downtown Cairo by plain clothes security agents.
The two were taken to Qasr El-Nil Police Station after their arrest. Inside the station, security agents took turns torturing the two young activists by severely beating them. Those agents then abused Sharqawi by inserting an object up his anus.
The two have been referred to the State Security Prosecutor’s office in Heliopolis (a Cairo neighbourhood). Their lawyer has managed to see them. The last thing known is that the two detainees refused to be interrogated, demanding medical examination by forensic authorities to document their injuries and the abuses carried out against them.
The two detainees have submitted official requests to that effect but that cannot happen before saturday (probably since Friday is the one unified official holiday in Egypt). Sharqawi and Sha’er also asked to be examined by a doctor, who was present, but their request was refused by the Prosecutor who also refused to have them transferred to a hospital.
Picture of Sharqawi (on the 25th) protesting for the release of the detainees.