Update: Maikel’s military trial was delayed to Sunday, the 10th after the intelligence said its opinion about him and the lawyers replied, as well as some papers will be submitted by lawyers.
Previous update: Maikel’s military trial was delayed to Wednesday, the 6th.
Old update: Maikel’s military trial was delayed to Monday, the 4th of April, so that his article be printed and be looked at.
Older update: Maikel’s military trial was delayed to Sunday, the 3rd of April until the papers of the case and the accusations against him be seen. No one was allowed to attend the trial except his parents, his brother and his lawyer.
Written by: Maged Maher Gabra
Maikel Nabil Sanad was arrested by the military police on the 28th of March, 2011 from his home in Ein Shams (عين شمس). He is an Egyptian blogger and the political activist, and was transferred to a court-martial. Maikel is also a veterinarian who was born in 1985 and he was one of 25 January youth who joined the revolution since its first day. He have always announced his opinions which were against the ex-president, Hosni Mobarak, either on the internet or through his political activity in reality. He is an ex-member of the supreme body of the “Democractic Front” party. He is the founder of “No for the Compulsory Military Service” movement; a movement calling for the pacifist principles and for the reduction of the size of the armies in the world, as well as, solving conflicts by negotiations and not resorting to wars.
He was the first person to conscientiously object the compulsory military service, because of his pacifist beliefs which prevent him from holding a weapon and because of that he was arrested by the Egyptian Military Intelligence for a few days. Then he was given an exemption from the military service.
Lately, he wrote an article observing in it the violations of some of the Egyptian military members and their involvement in the arrest and the torture for some activists and demonstrators in the latest period. Maikel didn’t offer anything new in that article, except that he only collected different links on the internet and the episodes that were already broadcasted on different channels on what happened of violations and put them in one article on his blog:
In Arabic: http://www.maikelnabil.com/2011/03/blog-post_07.html
In English: http://www.maikelnabil.com/2011/03/army-and-people-wasnt-ever-one-hand.html
Haitham Mahammadein (هيثم محمدين), the lawyer, attended from Elnadeem center with Maikel for the investigation hearing, on 29th March and the result was: Maikel Nabil Sanad received a 15-day detention pending investigation and he could be transferred to a military court in any moment of these 15 days.
The accusations were: Insulting the military institution and publishing false news about it, as well as disrupting the public security, which is a misdemeanor leading to a punishment up to 3 years in prison. The case was numbered 18 for the year 2011, military misdemeanor.
Maikel Nabil Sanad never made anything more than collecting some published links everywhere on the internet about violations of members of the military institution for the rights of the demonstrators and the protesters in the previous period, in which the human rights organizations indicated for the need to investigate about. In the end, Maikel’s accusation is that he recorded his opinion in an article in his personal blog. The arrest for the blogger, Maikel Nabil Sanad is a serious indication that returns us back to the times when people of opponent opinions are detained, which reminds us with the era of the ex-president, Hosni Mobarak.
Maikel was informed with the military trial date, tomorrow at 10:30 am in the Tenth Neighborhood (El-Hay El-Asher الحى العاشر).
We ask everyone to support Maikel Nabil Sanad by publishing the information to the media and the various human rights organizations as soon as possible and to try to protect him from imprisonment.
That article was originally in Arabic and was posted here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/maged-maher-gabra/%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%8A%D9%83%D9%84-%D9%86%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%84-%D9%87%D9%8A%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%83%D9%85-%D8%A8%D9%83%D8%B1%D9%87/10150131784633236
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