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Rally called in support of jailed pro-revolution officers

Organised by April 6 Youth Movement calls for Friday protest in support of military officers jailed for joining revolutionary protests

Ahram Online, Wednesday 26 Sep 2012
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A rally calling for the release of army officers jailed for joining pro-revolution protests, and organised by April 6 Youth Movement will take place in Cairo on Friday.

Supporters should gather at the memorial monument in Nasr City after Friday prayers, April 6 Youth Movement leader Ahmed Maher said.

"The [detained] officers took an oath to protect Egypt and its people, and this is what they did when they refused to take part in a conspiracy against the Egyptian Revolution. They refused to participate in the distortion of the revolution's image by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF)," Maher added.

Protesters will also demand a presidential decree to pardon the officers, he said.

The group would continue to support the officers if they were not released and did not receive their rights, he added.

Many jailed officers have been unable to resume their careers or receive their salaries even after their release, he claimed.

There are still many people within the military and other state institutions working to stifle the revolution, he added.

The group named six officers who were still detained for taking part in protests:

-          Officer Mohamed Tarek El-Wadie sentenced to five years.

-          Major Fouad El-Desouky sentenced to three years.

-          Major Tamer Badr sentenced to four years.

-          Major Ahmed Shoman sentenced to six years.

-          Captain Doctor Amr Metwally sentenced to seven years.

-          Conscript Said Mady sentenced to four years.

There was a similar protest on 7 September after Mohamed Wadie, a detained officer, claimed in a video that 21 other officers jailed alongside him had been released.

Since their release, the officers had been attending a rehabilitation programme, he stated.

"No decision has been taken on the release of military officers jailed for taking part in an anti-SCAF protest on 8 April 2011," presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said on 4 September.

On 8 April 2011, a group of officers, now dubbed the '8 April officers' were arrested after joining a demonstration against military rule in Tahrir Square.

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