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Egypt: Conscientious objector Maikel Nabil Sanad arrested by military police

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(04.02.2011) War Resisters’ International has been informed that Maikel Nabil Sanad, a conscientious objector to military service, has been arrested by military police in Cairo at 2pm today. The military police used a military jeep with number plate 440700. It is presently not known why he has been arrested, and where he is being held. However, we are very concerned for his safety, especially as Maikel Nabil Sanad is a conscientious objector, and had been arrested previously in November 2010.

Egypt: Conscientious objector released

Maikel Nabil Sanad exempted from military service

(14.11.2010) War Resisters’ International is glad to inform that Egypt conscientious objector Maikel Nabil Sanad has been released and exempted from military service earlier today. He had been arrested by military intelligence on Friday. The Military Intelligence visited his parents in Assuit (upper Egypt) November 12, and told his father that Maikel should go to them and sign a paper to say that he will join the Army in April 2011, his father said that he was no longer live there, and then they left. A few hours later they went to the home of Maikel in Ain Shames in Cairo and arrested him. They took him without even giving him the chance to change his clothes, with his bare feet.

Egypt: Conscientious objector Maikel Nabil Sanad / fear or detention

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War Resisters’ International is concerned about the liberty and safety of Egyptian conscientious objector Maikel Nabil Sanad from Cairo. Maikel Nabil Sanad finished his college education last year, and has now been informed by the military authorities on 18 October that he is to report to the College of Reserve Officers at Fayed (Ismailia) on 22 October 2010, to begin serving his compulsory military service.

"I Would Not Serve in the Egyptian Army and I Bear the Consequences"

Statement of Egyptian conscientious objector Maikel Nabil Sanad

(20.10.2010) Last Monday, 18th of October, I was informed with the final decision by the Egyptian Military Institution to nominate me as a reserve officer for the armed forces. It is supposed that I deliver myself to the recruitment area to where I am included, On next Friday (22nd of October, 2010), to be transferred to the College of Reserve Officers at Fayed ( Ismailia ), to start a compulsory military service for 3 years. I can accept that I would be forced to lose my freedom, but I’m not ready to give it up with my own free will.