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Maikel Nabil Sanad - © Christopher Schwarzkopf

Imprisoned Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil given 1st IFLRY Freedom Award

At the General Assembly of the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY) in Istanbul, Turkey, Maikel Nabil was given the first IFLRY Freedom Award for his firm commitment to freedom. 

Maikel Nabil Sanad - © Christopher Schwarzkopf

Egypt: Trial of Maikel Nabil Sanad again postponed to 4 December on his 97th day of hunger strike

(28.11.2011) In the case of imprisoned pacifist blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, the military court on 27 November again adjourned the trial, this time until 4 December, to hear a new prosecution witness. At the hearing on 27 November, Maikel Nabil Sanad’s internet provider TE Data told the prosecution that they would not be able to provide the court with the information requested, and that the military should have requested that the internet company monitor the blogger’s activity prior to arrest.

Maikel Nabil Sanad - © Christopher Schwarzkopf

Egypt: Case against imprisoned blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad adjourned again after more than 80 days of hunger strike

(16.11.2011) In the case of imprisoned pacifist blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, the military court on 13 November again adjourned the trial, this time until 27 November, to wait for the report of the internet service provider. At the hearing on 13 November, none of the witnesses called on 1 November showed up. Meanwhile, Maikel Nabil Sanad passed the 80th day of his hunger strike, surviving on fruit and dairy juices.

Egypt: Military court set retrial date of blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad on day 57 of his hunger strike

(13.10.2011) Today, the date for the re-trial of imprisoned pacifist blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, who is on the 52nd day of his hunger strike, has been set for next week, 18 October 2011 - which would be day 57 of his hunger strike. Although the military appeal court on Tuesday declared the initial sentence of three years’ imprisonment void, and ordered a re-trial of the blogger, who has been on hunger strike since 23 August, the court did not order his release pending re-trial. While Tuesday’s judgement looks positive on first view, it can turn into a de-facto death sentence for pacifist blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, as he might not survive long enough to see his re-trial, which has now been set for 18 October.