HRW: Egypt blogger arrest sets 'dangerous precedent'

By REUTERS
April 6, 2011 22:31

CAIRO - Human Rights Watch urged Egypt's ruling military council on Wednesday to drop charges against a blogger arrested for criticizing the armed forces, saying it set a "dangerous precedent."

"It's pretty stunning in Egypt's supposed new era of rights to see the military government prosecuting someone in a military court for writing about the military," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

"This trial sets a dangerous precedent at a time when Egypt is trying to transition away from the abuses of the Mubarak era," she said.


Maikel Nabil faces up to three years in prison if found guilty of "insulting the military". The verdict was due on Wednesday but there was no word on the trial's outcome.


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