Tens of activists are gathering in front of the C28 military prosecution headquarters in Cairo this morning to protest the detention of prominent blogger Alaa Abd El-Fattah, who was detained two weeks ago. The military court is expected to decide today on whether to release him or extend his detention for a further 15 days.
Abd El-Fattah is accused, along with more than 30 others, of inciting violence during the Maspero clashes on 9 October. At his last court appearance he refused to acknowledge the military prosecution's investigation because of the army’s involvement in the clashes, which left at least 26 dead.
Abd El-Fattah's detention has triggered a worldwide campaign against military trials of civilians. At least 12,000 civilians have been sentenced to imprisonment by military courts since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.