Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Updates on Military Trials in Egypt

Over the past 6 months, we've brought you a number of articles about the use of military courts in Egypt since the fall of former President Mubarak.  Here are the latest entries, none complimentary of the system:

It seems the tally now stands at 10,000 civilians who have faced Egyptian military courts since the end of January, with estimates that 50% of those court-martialed are political dissidents.  Just last week, a military court sentenced 5 former Petrojet employees under a new law that allows for military prosecutions of individuals accused of causing work stoppages.  The secrecy of the courts and the lack of access to attorneys provide further roadblocks for family and human rights advocates.  Some groups have even sued military leaders over their treatment of female protestors.

Meanwhile, frustration mounts over the prosecutions of Mubarak and other former leaders.