CAIRO - A military officer who joined popular protests against Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak and military rule last year has been sentenced by a military court to six years in prison, an army judicial source told Reuters on Wednesday.
Major Ahmed Ali Shouman, the first army officer to have joined the uprising that started in Cairo's Tahrir Square in January last year, was charged with abandoning his unit and weapons and joining protests in military uniform.
"Ahmed Shouman was sentenced to six years in jail, charged with refusing to obey military rules and voicing political views in media outlets," the army source said.
"This was a violation of martial law that bans military personnel from communicating with the media."
The sentence will be formally announced at a court hearing on April 11, but Shouman can appeal, the army source said.