Since there seems to be limited coverage on Egyptian blogger Mikel Nabil, here’s the facts:
The court misled Nabil’s defense team and gave the sentence after the team had left the courtroom, said Gamal Eid, a rights activist and the head of The Arab Network for Human Rights Information.
Activists say the court said it was postponing the ruling, but then Nabil was taken to prison.
Lawyer and rights activist Negad al-Boraie, a member of the defense team, had told Al-Masry Al-Youm earlier that he feared his client was not going to have a fair trial.
Egyptian security forces arrested Nabil on 28 March after he published an article on his blog that claimed the army was involved in torturing detainees during the 25 January revolution. The article cited international news reports as references.
The military prosecution charged Nabil with “publishing false information” and “insulting the Armed Forces”.
This is the first such case since the Armed Forces took over the leadership of the country on 11 February.
Some rights activists believe Nabil’s trial is intended to curb criticism of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, which is ruling the country for an interim period.
The above was posted in Al-Masry Al-Youm on 25 May; since then, little has been heard until this morning when his brother reported he was still imprisoned and suffering maltreatment.
With so many bloggers being persecuted by the regimes for broaching crucial issues – in Nabil’s case, the Egyptian military – it can be a challenge to keep track.
But we can try.
Visit Nabil’s site, here.