Loai Nagati: another Egyptian activist to face military trial

Ahram Online, Friday 1 Jul 2011

Another Egyptian activist is facing a military trial, with bloggers organising in his defence

Loai Nagati is a new name added to the list of arrested activists subject to military trails. Nagati was arrested in Tahrir Square during clashes that took place between the families of martyrs of the January 25 Revolution, sympathetic protesters and the police Wednesday.

Today, Nagati’s family and activists joined a protest outside the Military Prosecutor in Nasr City, but then were informed that Nagati was under investigation and would stay in prison for 15 days.

In response, several tweets were being sent against military trails for civilians, the majority assuring the Nagati is not a thug; that he is a blogger and an activist. A Facebook page was also created entitled “Free Loai Nagati,” calling for his release.

An active tweeter, Nagati was tweeting (@LoaiNagati) from Tahrir Square about what was taking place when he was arrested. “Several people are injured,” was the last tweet by Nagati at 7am on Wednesday.

Some activists have called for a blogging day aimed at freeing Nagati. This would be the fourth such day among Egyptian bloggers after the revolution. Bloggers have written during blogging days on the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SACF), military trails and sexual harassment and gender violence.

Nagati, 21-years-old, is a computer science student who is interested in politics, poetry, history and psychology, according to his Twitter account description.

Currently, five detainees (of which human rights groups know of) picked up by the army for political reasons since the outbreak of the Egyptian Revolution remain in military prisons.

The five are: Amr El-Bahairy, who was arrested on 26 February outside the State Council and sentenced to five years in prison; Abu El-Maaty Abu El-Arab who was detained on 3 February in Tahrir Square and sentenced to five years in prison; Mohamed Adel who was arrested on 28 January and sentenced to five years in prison; Mahmoud Hussein who was detained on 9 April in Tahrir Square; and Maikel Nabil who was arrested for writing a blog post criticising the army’s role in the revolution, and who was sentenced to three years in prison.

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