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Egyptian military announces date for Maikel Nabil's new trial
Military court overturns three-year jail term for the detained blogger who is now in his 52nd day of hunger strike; Retrial scheduled for Tuesday
Sarah Raslan, Thursday 13 Oct 2011
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Maikel Nabil (Photo: Internet archives)

The retrial date for detained blogger Maikel Nabil, accused of "insulting” Egypt’s armed forces, has been set for Tuesday, 18 October, at Cairo's infamous C28 military court.

On Tuesday, a military appellate court revoked an earlier three-year jail sentence handed down against the blogger and ordered his retrial. 

Upon learning that Nabil would not be released until his retrial, the activist's brother, Mark, expressed fear the young activist might die before Tuesday. Nabil has been on hunger strike for the last 52 days, vowing to abstain from eating food until his release from prison. 

Nabil’s family, meanwhile, has sent several requests to state officials – including head of the ruling military council Field-Marshal Hussein Tantawi and Interior Minister Mansour El-Eissawy– for the detained blogger to be transferred to hospital. The requests, however, have gone unanswered, they say. 

Mark says his family will continue to press authorities to transfer his brother to hospital for treatment. He went on to note that his brother was currently suffering from liver failure and fatigue, and that he was having difficulty speaking, standing and walking. 

Nabil was arrested in March after publishing a blog post entitled, “The people and army were never one hand,” in a reference to the popular chant – repeated ad nauseum in the wake of the revolution – stressing the public's trust in the military. 





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Modern_Humaniora
14-10-2011 03:51pm
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SCAF signal
SCAF - you should immediately move Maikel Nabil to a civilian hospital in order to give the same signal, judgment in favour of Maikel Nabil, as when an individual have had been released from custody before verdict of a jury.
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THE HONEST TRUTH
13-10-2011 10:07pm
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ARMY
The truth shall set you free! The Army and the people were never one hand. ONLY A DUMMY DID NOT KNOW THAT. That is why they lock this poor man up...They were afraid to hear the honest truth spoken... How funny, it did not take very long for the people to see it for themselves. EVERY SECRET SIN MUST BE REVEAL, THEY CAN DENY IT ALL THEY WANT. IT WILL EVENTUALLY COME TO LIGHT...
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