Maikel Nabil Sanad, still in prison, to face new trial

An Egyptian military court today overturned the verdict in the case of Maikel Nabil Sanad, the blogger earlier sentenced to three years in prison for “insulting the army.”   They ordered a retrial without setting a date for it. The court did not set him free or order his transfer to a hospital, though he has been on hunger strike for 50 days.

Maikel Nabil is a Copt, a fact which perhaps assumes additional significance in view of the weekend’s violence.

Maikel’s mother, Nagwa Nashed, was in tears when she heard the appellate court’s decision, having expected to return home with her boy. The worried mother, who lives with Maikel’s father in the Upper Egyptian city of Assiut, said she had packed her suitcase and was preparing to travel to Cairo to bring her son home.  “I’m afraid that when my son hears the verdict he will die,” she said as she attempted to keep from crying.

“I would like the officials to imagine this is their son and not mine,” she added. “When Muslims fast during Ramadan and when Christians fast, don’t they get tired and feel weak? Well Maikel’s been fasting for 50 days.”

“What has Maikel done? He said something they don’t like?” she asked between sobs and sniffles. “Why did they keep only Maikel? Is it because his name is Maikel?” she said in reference to recent Maspero clashes between Coptic protesters and army forces.

Once again: you can write to Egyptian authorities urging them to free him:

Director of Military Judiciary
Major-General Ahmed Abd Allah
Military Judicial Department
Cairo, Egypt
Fax: +(20)2 2 402 4468 / +(20)2 2 411 3452 (ask for fax)

Military Prosecutor General
Major-General Medhat Radwan
Military Judicial Department
Cairo, Egypt
+(20) 2 2 412 0980 (ask for fax)

Minister of Defence
His Excellency Muhammad Tantawi
Ministry of Defence
Cairo, Egypt ;
Fax: +(20) 2 2 5748 822  (+20) 22 291 6227

A sample letter is here, on a blog that also carries updates on Maikel’s health (Arabic and English).

You can also write letters of support to Maikel Nabil at:

Maikel Nabil Sanad
El-Marg prison

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