Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Blog
Reports of the arrest of Egyptian Activist Maikel Nabil Sanad have garnered outrage from several Human Rights groups and has prompted yet another look into the situation in Egypt under the military. Sanad is reportedly facing up to 3 years in prison for "insulting" the Egyptian military institution. Sanad has reportedly been outspoken about the abuses perpetrated by the Egyptian military on civilians over the course of the past several weeks. A number of news reports have surfaced about the military's abuse of power since Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak was ousted. The most notorious of such abuses was the case of subjecting various arrested women protesters to "virginity tests." Though we still know very little about the exact nature and circumstance of Sanad's alleged crime, we are seeing another clear indication that Egypt has a long way to go before it achieves the fundamental rights and freedoms sought by the country's inspiring revolution.
According to Sanad's facebook page, he will face a military trial on April 3rd. According to the page, Sanad's trial will be conducted behind closed doors and only his Father, Mother and Brother will be allowed to attend.