Lawyers for jailed Egyptian blogger file complaint alleging torture

November 14, 2007 17:26


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Lawyers for a jailed Egyptian blogger have filed a complaint with the prosecutor-general's office alleging their client is being held in solitary confinement and tortured in prison. Lawyers with the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information and Hisham Mubarak Centre for Law demanded in the complaint, filed this week, that the prosecutor-general investigate the alleged abuses against their client, Abdel Kareem Nabil, who was sentenced in February to four years in prison for insulting Islam and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Nabil, who used the blogger name Kareem Amer, is a 22-year-old former student at Egypt's Al-Azhar University who was a vocal secularist and sharp critic of conservative Muslims in his blog. His writings often lashed out at Al-Azhar - the most prominent religious center for Sunni Islam.

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