The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights calls for the release of the blogger Michel Nabil

September 4th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) calls The Supreme Council for Armed Forces for the immediate release of the political activist Michel Nabil in addition to reviewing all the civilians’ lawsuits discussed by the military courts.

On March 28, 2011, Michel Nabil had been arrested in Ein Shams Area. The prosecutor general office accused him for insulting the Egyptian army.

On April 10, 2011, the military court had discussed the lawsuit no. 18/2011 and given Michel Nabil a three year-sentence. The activist is now in Al Marg Prison.

In this concern, EOHR once again calls for the release of all the civilians trialed by the military courts including Mohamed Sobhy Amin Mohamed Nor, taxi driver, 26 years old, who was arrested on June 28, 2011, while he was carrying some passengers to Tahrir Square. Mohamed was charged with possessing explosives. In fact, the taxi driver had a gallon of petrol in his car because his petrol indicator is not working, so he does not know exactly when his car should be fueled.

EOHR received a phone call from Mohamed Sobhy, in which he said that he was not allowed to defend himself before the military court. On August 20, 2011, he was given a 3 year-sentence, in absence of all the standards of fair trial.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stated that referring civilians to the military courts is a major violation to the right for fair trial, which is guaranteed by the international standards of human rights. All people who committed crimes that are identified by the Egyptian criminal law should be trialed before the civilian judges in order to meet the rule of law standards.

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