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Egyptian blogger gets four years in prison

February 22, 2007

Today, Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil was convicted of insulting Islam and President Hosni Mubarak and sentenced to four years in prison.

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Egypt arrested a number of bloggers last year, most of them for connections to Egypt’s pro-democracy reform movement.While many of the bloggers have been released, Nabil was put on trial and convicted. According to The International Herald Tribune, the judge sentenced Nabil to three years in prison for insulting Islam and inciting sedition and another year for insulting Mubarak in a brief, five-minute session.

The conviction of Nabil is a hard blow to human rights and freedom of speech, and a harsh warning to all egyptian bloggers who dare criticize the current regime. Such a harsh sentence after a five-minute trial is a clear signal that the regime doesn’t even bother pretending to care about giving the man a fair trial. I therefore urge all who read this to sign the petitions to free Nabil, found here and here.

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