Monday, January 23, 2012

Egypt: 1,959 Pardons!

Reuters reports Egypt's military ruler, Hussein Tantawi, has pardoned 1,959 people "convicted by military courts in the year since President Hosni Mubarak's ouster, including 25 year old activist Michael Nabil whose hunger strike had brought him close to death." It is "unclear" however if any of the detainees have actually been released. One group claims about 12,000 cases have come before the military courts since February and "sentences are often handed out swiftly behind closed doors and without proper legal representation." See story here.

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