Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Egyptian Woman Facing Military Trial

Ahramonline reports that a civilian woman facing a military trial for attacking a policeman is arguing that she was the victim of a brutal attack by the police.  Lawyers and activists gathered at the military court in Haram to support the case of May Metwaly.  When she regained consciousness, Metwaly found herself in a police station accused of insulting a policeman. She was kept in custody for two days before being transferred to the military court. In a video on the Internet, Metwaly’s mother claimed that her daughter was singled out by the policeman simply because she is unveiled. She added that the policeman dragged her by the hair and told her she should be stoned to death. Following yesterday's session, the trial was adjourned to today when the military court will hear testimony from witnesses for the police.