Egypt to re-try Copt army critic on hunger strike

CAIRO - An Egyptian military courtaccepted on Tuesday an appeal for a re-trial of a CopticChristian blogger who was jailed on charges of spreading falseinformation about the country's military in a case that drewcriticism from rights groups around the world.

Michael Nabil, 25, began a hunger strike on Aug. 23 toprotest against his conviction for posting remarks saying thearmy tried to help quell an uprising that unseated PresidentHosni Mubarak in Feb. 11.

Nabil's family told rights group Amnesty International lastweek that the activist's health had deteriorated and theauthorities had prevented him from taking medication. They saidhe was suffering from renal problems, anaemia and scabies.

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