Military prosecution summons two activists

Zeinab El Gundy, Monday 24 Oct 2011

Summoning presumed to centre on the violent Maspero clashes that shocked the country on 9 October and left at least 26 people dead

Egyptian bloggers and activists Alaa Abd El-Fattah and Bahaa Saber have been summoned by the military prosecution for questioning.

Abd El-Fattah is out of the country but is expected to appear in front of the military prosecution tomorrow, Tuesday 25 October 2011

It is as yet unclear why the two activists have been summoned by the military prosecution, although speculation abounds that they will be asked to testify as eye witnesses to the  9 October Maspero clashes.

Following the clashes between pro-Coptic rights demonstrators and military police in Maspero, pro-Mubarak TV personality Ahmed "Spider" accused Abd El-Fattah of being behind the night's violence.

Both Abd El-Fattah and Saber were arrested in 2006 for their political activity, putting a spotlight on the Mubarak regime's suppression of rights and freedom of speech.

Abd El-Fattah rose to prominence as one of Egypt's piopneering bloggers with the "Manalaa" blog, which he runs with his wife Manal Bahi El Din.

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