Egypt defence minister reduces sentence against anti-SCAF military officers
Recently appointed minister of defence reduces punishment of officers who protested against retired Field Marshal Tantawi (the so-called 8 April officers) to a one-year suspended jail sentence
Ahram Online , Saturday 29 Sep 2012
Defence Minister General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has issued an order on Saturday reducing the sentences against 21 "8 April" military officers, who have been arrested and prosecuted for joining demonstrations in April 2011 against the then ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), to a suspended one year prison.
At least 22 officers were arrested on 8 April 2011 during one of the square’s trademark million-man demonstrations against the SCAF, after which the pro-revolution and anti-SCAF detained military personnel became known as the "8 April" officers.
Revolutionaries and the officers' families have been campaigning for the officers' release in mass demonstrations, press statements and solidarity events.