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Egyptian jailed for criticizing military

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 09:36:28 GMT
A military court in Egypt has sentenced a blogger to three years in jail for what it claims as insulting the military, spreading false information and disturbing public security.

"Regrettably, the Nasr City military court sentenced Maikel Nabil to three years in prison," the blogger's lawyer Gamal Eid said, AFP reported Monday.

Nabil allegedly published evidence on the military's deceptive efforts against Egyptian protesters during the uprising that led to the Egyptian revolution in February.

He was arrested on March 28 at his home in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. His arrest came following the publication of a report entitled The army and the people were never one hand, on the military forces' violence against anti-government protesters.

Local and international organizations have accused Egypt's ruling military council of torturing anti-regime activists.

Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters have remained in Cairo's Liberation Square since Friday demanding that the ruling military council chief step down and pave the way for the formation of a civilian government.

They also want the release of all political detainees as well as a probe into corruption allegations against ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his allies.

Millions of protesters from a variety of socio-economic and religious backgrounds demanded the overthrow of the Mubarak regime.

Mubarak finally stepped down on February 11 as Egypt's president and handed power over to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

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