Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Egyptian Blogger Gets 3 Years in Military Tribunal

The Washington Post reports that an Egyptian military court sentenced a young blogger to three years behind bars for criticizing the military.  The article cites the Egyptian government-owned al-Ahram newspaper as stating that the blogger, Maikel Nabil Sanad, was convicted of "insulting the military" and "disturbing public security” because of a blog entry he titled, “The army and the people were never one hand."  The blog entry denounced the military's use of detentions and courts-martial to punish critics and democracy advocates.

Since the overthrow of Mubarak, the extensive use of military tribunals has been a point of contention between the military, which is now the governing power in Egypt, and democracy advocates. Civilians have regularly been tried in a military tribunal since Mubarak's fall.  In fact, MSN news reports that the Egyptian fans who stormed into the field and tried to assault rival Tunisian club players during a soccer match, will appear before a court-martial.