Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Human Rights Watch: Free Alaa

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: Egypt: Free Blogger Held in Maspero Case.
No Transparency in Military Investigation of Killing of Copts
November 15, 2011

(New York) – Egypt’s military prosecutor should immediately release an award-winning blogger charged in connection with the demonstration by Christian Copts on October 9, 2011, which turned deadly, Human Rights Watch said today. Alaa Abdel Fattah was detained and later charged with incitement and theft of a military weapon, even though the prosecutor had presented no evidence to support the charges. His detention came as military prosecutors started questioning activists and priests about their alleged involvement in publicly encouraging Copts to demonstrate on that day.

Background here.