April 11, 2011

Protesting the unlawful sentencing of Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil !

Please sign the protest by leaving your name in the comment box at the bottom of this statement! 

We, the undersigned, are appalled at the unlawful sentencing of Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil by military court in Cairo last night!

Maikel Nabil and his lawyers were told yesterday at court session that the trial was adjourned to Tuesday, April 12.

After Maikel was taken away and the lawyers had left the courtroom the military court sentenced Maikel Nabil in absentia to three years imprisonment and he was taken away immediately to the Tora prison where he now is held!

His lawyers only learned of this sentencing this morning!

Such an act of treachery in a court room is unparalleled. That a sentence is spoken without the presence of the accused or his lawyers is "unheard of in Egypt", as his lawyers confirm. It is also a violation of all rules of conduct in ordinary judiciary proceedings and violates human rights of the accused in the worst form. It is unbelievable that this is taking place in the post-Mubarak era after the peaceful revolution in Egypt fought for transparency, democracy and human rights!

Maikel Nabil has been sentenced for nothing else but for writing a critical post on his blog about atrocities that happened when military police arrested, detained, tortured and even sexually abused detainees in the last two months after taking over power. All these accusations have been verified by international rights groups and have been published in numerous newspapers around the world.

To sentence a blogger to three years imprisonment for reporting nothing else but what the world already knows is a gross violation of the right of freedom of speech that is guaranteed in the Interim Constitutional Declaration of Egypt. The army - that now throws Maikel Nabil in prison for three years - has issued this Declaration only 10 days ago and already the military court violates it by prohibiting freedom of speech!

We call upon the Egyptian Cabinet Council and Prime Minister Sharaf as well as the Supreme Council of Armed Forces under General Tantawi to immediately lift this unlawful sentence and set Maikel Nabil free! 

Maikel Nabil has committed no crime. He only made use of the guaranteed right of freedom of speech that we support as a fundamental right of all Egyptians no matter whether we share his views or not. Freedom of speech allows for opposing opinions and views and this must be respected by all in Egypt including the army and military courts!

The way the military court yesterday sentenced Maikel Nabil behind his back and the back of his lawyers is illegal and sends a damaging signal out to the world that Egypt's military is not adhering to judiciary standards and human rights and is violating the Interim Constitutional Declaration of Egypt!

Lift the sentence against Maikel Nabil! 
Set blogger Maikel Nabil free!

(The updated numbers of signatures to this protest will be submitted constantly to the Supreme Council of Armed Forces and the Prime Minister of Egypt – until the sentence against Maikel Nabil is lifted!)


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If you want more information on Maikel Nabil's case with the military please check other posts already published on this blog with links to media and statements from human rights organizations.

Should you encounter any problems in signing please choose Anonymous from the profile menue and just add your name in the comment box.

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احتجاجا على الحكم الجائر و الغير قانوني على المدون المصري مايكل نبيل!
نعرب نحن الموقعين أدناه عن بالغ ارتياعنا من الحكم الجائر الصادر من المحكمة العسكرية بالقاهرة على المدون مايكل نبيل مساء الأمس!
و قد صدر الحكم غيابيا على مايكل بعد اصطحابه خارج المحكمة و خروج المحامين منها حيث حكمت المحكمة العسكرية على مايكل نبيل غيابيا بثلاث سنوات سجن و تم اصطحابه فورا إلى سجن طره حيث يقبع الآن قيد الاحتجاز.
لم يعرف محاموه بهذا الحكم سوى هذا الصباح!
و الجدير بالذكر انه لا توجد سابقة لمثل هذه الخيانة في حرم المحاكم ، حيث جرى النطق بالحكم في غياب المتهم و محاموه مما "يعد حدثا غير مسبوق في مصر" ؛حسب ما ذكر المحامون. و يعد ذلك أيضا انتهاكا لكل القواعد المهنية المتبعة في الإجراءات القضائية المعتادة و انتهاكا فاضحا في أسوأ أشكاله لحقوق الإنسان الخاصة بالمتهم . و من غير المعقول و لا يصدق ان يتم ذلك في حقبة ما بعد مبارك و في عقب الثورة السلمية التي جرت في مصر و كان هدفها الأسمى هو تحقيق الشفافية و الديمقراطية و حقوق الإنسان!

تم الحكم على مايكل نبيل للاشئ سوى كتابة بوست أو رسالة شائكة في مدونته حول الفظائع التي حدثت أثناء قيام الشرطة العسكرية باحتجاز و اعتقال و تعذيب المعتقلين و حتى التعدي جنسيا عليهم في الشهرين الأخيرين بعد انتقال السلطة.
تم تأكيد كافة تلك الاتهامات عن طريق المجموعات الحقوقية الدولية و تم نشرها في العديد من الجرائد حول العالم.
ان الحكم على مدون بثلاث سنوات لكتابته حقائق يعرفها العالم بأسره بالفعل هو انتهاك و تعد سافر على حق حرية التعبير المكفول وفقا للإعلان الدستوري المصري المؤقت. و قد اصدر الجيش – الذي ألقى بنبيل في السجن لمدة ثلاث سنوات – هذا الإعلان منذ مالا يزيد عن عشرة أيام و ها هي المحكمة العسكرية ألان تتعدى على الإعلان المذكور بمنعها حرية التعبير!


إننا ندعو مجلس الوزراء المصري و رئيس الوزراء عصام شرف و كذلك المجلس الاعلي للقوات المسلحة بقيادة المشير طنطاوي بالرفع الفوري لهذا الحكم الجائر و إطلاق سراح مايكل نبيل على الفور!

لم يرتكب مايكل نبيل اي جرم. و لم يعد ان استخدم حقه المكفول في حرية التعبير التي ندعمها كحق لكل المصريين بغض النظر عن اشتراكنا معه في آراءه من عدمه. تسمح حرية التعبير بالآراء ووجهات النظر المختلفة و المتعارضة و يجب على كل من في مصر احترام ذلك بما فيهم الجيش و المحاكم العسكرية!
ان الطريقة التي حكمت بها المحكمة العسكرية على مايكل نبيل من خلف ظهره و ظهر محاموه غير شرعية و ترسل بإشارات سلبية للعالم بأسره حول عدم التزام الجيش المصري بالمعايير القانونية و حقوق الإنسان و تنتهك الإعلان الدستوري المصري المؤقت!

ارفعوا الحكم الصادر ضد مايكل نبيل!
أطلقوا سراح المدون مايكل نبيل!

( سوف يتم رفع الأعداد المحدثة للتوقيعات بشكل مستمر إلى المجلس الأعلى للقوات المسلحة و رئيس وزراء مصر حتى يتم رفع الحكم الصادر بحق مايكل نبيل )

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في حالة رغبتك في الحصول على مزيد من المعلومات حول قضية مايكل نبيل مع الجيش برجاء الاطلاع على الرسائل أو البوستات الاخري المنشورة بالفعل حول هذه المدونة مع الروابط الواردة لوسائل الإعلام و البيانات الصادرة من منظمات حقوق الإنسا

172 comments:

  1. Jonathan Moremi

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  2. Gisa Bührer-Lucke, GermanyApril 11, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Gisa Bührer-Lucke

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  3. Jens M. Lucke, Germany

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  4. lucy lee anderson, australia

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  5. Aalam Wassef

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  6. Nevine Barsoum Chiari
    Geneva, Switzerland

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  7. Tomas Rawlings
    Bristol, UK

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  8. Is he in good condition/alive... might explain strange/unusual army tactics...

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  9. A government that doesn't allow free press with criticism is an authortarian one, not a democracy. If run by Military officers it is a JUNTA.

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  10. Free blogger Maikel Nabil

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  11. George Wahid
    Cairo, Egypt

    I don't think signatures are going to be enough.

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  12. I'm Totally Support this statement, Free Maikel Nabil

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  13. Jason Torrence
    Slough, UK

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  14. I agree Peter Norton

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  15. Aiden Henry
    Edinburgh, Scotland

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  16. YES FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH
    Freee Maikel Nabil

    Sandra Yacoub

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  17. I totally support this statement, Free Maikel Nabil

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  18. سواء اتفقنا او اختلفنا مع مايكل وارائه فأنى ضد محاكمته من الاساس

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  19. Bassim Lazem, Egypt

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  20. So many martyrs lives gone, for what? To continue to promote political oppression. I think not! FREE NABIL!

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  21. Christopher Hoare, a reader from Alberta Canada, joins this protest against the unlawful detention of Maikel Nabil.

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  22. Kyle Short United States of America

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  23. Democracy Review: We ask the Egyptian Court and Military Court to Free Maikel Nabil Now.
    Read Maikel Nabil's Letter from Jail <A HREF="http://bit.ly/DR0411N" TARGET="_blank>http://bit.ly/DR0411N</A>

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  24. Free blogger Maikel Nabil!!

    Fatiha Bazzah
    Brussels
    Belgium

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  25. Joining the protest.
    Martin Lürßen, Hamburg, Germany

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  26. Pierre Stas, Ciney, Belgique

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  27. Pierre Mestdagh BelgiumApril 12, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Free blogger Maikel Nabil

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  28. Joining the protest
    Ly Wang , Paris , France

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  29. Democracy Review: We ask the Egyptian Court and Military Court to Free Maikel Nabil Now.
    Read Maikel Nabil's Letter from Jail http://bit.ly/DR0411N .. Thanks so much

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  30. Reporting in, Adrien D., France.

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  31. Eric Dequeker, france

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  32. I give my support.
    Mirette Bakir
    Cairo - Egypt

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  33. Maja Dutrieux, Germany

    I give my support too!

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  34. Ahmed Karmel, Egypt

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  35. نجاح ثورة الشباب في مصر يبدأ بحماية التضحيات التي قدمها الشعب المصري و يتطلب ذلك الكشف عن اية انتهاكات او تجاوزات يقوم بها اي طرف او جهة سواء اكانت حكومية أم اهلية ضد ايا من المتظاهرين او المعتصمين او المدافعين عنهم من إعلاميين و مدونيين
    و بالاساس أن ما قام به المدون مايكل نبيل ليس الا دفاعا عن حق الشعب المصري و ثورته

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  36. Emmanuel NOIROT france
    Je m'associe à cette demande

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  37. Brian Holden, South Africa

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  38. Yviette Crandon, Birmingham

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  39. Manuel Banson
    Germany

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  40. Carole Hunt, England

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  41. Pierre Mansour, France

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  42. Ralf Brack, Germany

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  43. Nathalie Heyder, Auckland

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  44. Jonny Blake
    Scotland

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  45. Set Maikel Nabil free! This is outrageous!
    Marie Hassel, Switzerland

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  46. Free Maikel Nabil!

    Tom Silvest, Germany

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  47. Manar Ammar, journalist
    Cairo, Egypt

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  48. Pls free Maikel Nabil !

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  49. I can't find any petition to sign but I join the cause by this comment. Freedom of expression is a right.

    Phil Ducourneau
    France

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  50. Free Maikel Nabil and establish the democracy and justice in Egypt !
    Michel COLLET
    France

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  51. Lucy Kippin
    England.

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  52. Céline GUIBERT
    France

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  53. Will the Egyptian authorities ever learn...

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  54. I add my signature to this petition because the conviction is illegal and unconstitutional, because military trial of civilians and conviction without being able to represent your case are counter to democracy, because the army/SCAF does holds power as a result of the protests in favour of democracy which lead to Mubarak's removal and so the army/SCAF must act within this remit, to secure democracy and human rights, or it acts outside of the scope of the authority it was granted by the people, and finally because it shames in Egypt in the view of the world.

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  55. My name is Liz Ver Kamp and I'm signing this petition to free Maikel Nabil because Egypt needs to provide all its citizens with the full range of equal, civil and human rights, lift the emergency law and allow for free and fair elections and an independent judiciary in order to ensure effective, efficient, accountable, secular representative government that also protects the rights of minorities. All Egyptian political detainees should be released immediately and all convictions obtained against political disidents should be thrown out of court and the wrongfully imprisoned freed. There is no other way forward without absolute hypocrisy ensuing. Wake up Tantawi!

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  56. I add my signature because I stand for truth.No govenment has the right to surpress freedom of speech.Nobody can,under natural justice be sentenced without being present to defend themselves,or have legal representation.This is a disgrace!

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  57. Nathalie Atalla

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  58. I support and sign every word of this statement! Maikel Nabil has the human right to freedom of expression and free decision. This must be tolerated! Set Maikel Nabil free!
    PIT BECKER aka @paintmyblues
    Germany

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  59. Catherine Greystone, GB

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  60. Timothy McBiber, Scotland

    Freedom and justice for Maikel Nabil

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  61. Marie-Claude San Juan, Paris, France

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  62. Egypt not safe for bloggers; not safe for tourists. Boycott Egypt.
    stephen sarbiewski, USA

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  63. against crushing of freedom and crimes against humanity by the Egyptian army against egyptian civilians

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  64. Release Maikel Nabil. SCAF: The whole world is watching

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  65. Gerd Hahnenkamp, Düsseldorf, Germany
    Yes - release him!

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  66. Eberhard Seidel
    Heidelberg, Germany

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  67. Linda McDonald, GlasgowApril 19, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Please set Maikel Nabil free. It cannot be allowed to be a crime to write a blog!

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  68. Steven A. Littleton, Chicago

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  69. We have seen in South Africa what oppression means. Freedom of speech is the most important thing for a democratic society. The Egyptian army must accept other opinions, even if they don't like it. Set Maikel Nabil free now. You are damaging the image of the country all over the world! And we know what that means, believe me. It is not right to oppress people's opinions! If you want the world to believe you that you want to make a better Egypt then you must release him. Or no one can trust you!

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  70. Gene Hillard, Vancouver

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  71. He has my full support!
    Marianne Hillard, GB

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  72. Tarek Al-Deen, Egypt

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  73. Joan Ross, Ohio

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  74. Kimberley Bergman, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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  75. Susan Melchers, Switzerland

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  76. Jean-Pierre Marioux, Geneve
    Liberté pour Maikel Nabil!

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  77. Anne-Kathrin Muller, Dubai

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  78. Sibylle DonnelleyApril 19, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    I don't understand why we finance the army that does that with our taxpayers money? We don't stand for violating freedom of speech! Either Maikel Nabil is set free or the US should stop any payment to the military of Egypt. And no tourism unless this is corrected.

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  79. I agree. No financing of jailing of bloggers! Let's hope the State Dept. not only says it is concerned but also does something about this.

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  80. Free Maikel Nabil!
    Carole Owk

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  81. It is a shame that he is in jail!! Release him now!!

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  82. Marianne Fulter, US

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  83. Nadine Brooks, London

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  84. Jake Breetzke, US

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  85. Ahmed Hameed, Egypt

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  86. انا مارك اخو مايكل نبيل
    الجيش لما نزلت البلد قال ان الداخلية دى كانوا حرامية وان هو هيظبت البلد وقال هينشر الديموقراطية فى البلد بس اظاهر هى دى الديموقراطية بتاعت الجيش ان كل واحد يقول راية يتحكم علية ب 3 سنين سجن بمجرد راية لو هى دى الديموقراطية فى نظر الجيش فشكرااا احنا مش عوزين ديموقراطية بتعتة احنا عوزين رئيس جمهورية مدنى
    وبعدين لو مايكل قال راى غلط مفروض الجيش يرد علية براى الصح لكن ميحكمش علية وبعدين ازاى هو الجهة الى فى المشكلة مع مايكل وهى الجهة الى بتحكم مفروض يبقى فى جهة ثالتة تحكم بين مايكل والجيش فى مقالة لذلك
    ونطالب بالغاء المحكمة العسكرية للمدنيين
    وفى الاخر انا بحمل المجلس العسكرى عن اى ضرب او تعذيب يحدث لمايكل من قبل الداخلية فى السجن مش معنى انة فى سجن مدنى يبقى المجلس مش مسئولة عن الى هيحصلوا
    ونتمنى ان يتم الافراج فى اقرب وقت

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  88. Ahmad sharaf
    Egypt

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  89. Mark Gamal
    Egypt, Cairo

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  90. الحرية لمايكل نبيل
    سواء اتفقنا او اختلفنا مع أرائه

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  91. انا طبعا ضد محاكمة مايكل لان مايكل مدنى وبيتحاكم محاكمة عسكرية الجيش هو الحكم والخصم فيها وكان الاولى من الجيش انوا يحقق فى الانتهاكات اللى جمعها مايكل فى المقال بدل من محاكمتة
    وبطالب بسرعة الافراج عنه

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  92. release Maikel Nabil now!!!! freedom of speach worldwide!!!

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  93. Susi Thompson, Albuquerque

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  94. William Bergmann, UK

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  95. Thorsten Schlier
    Düsseldorf, Germany

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  96. Janine Laurent, France

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  97. Claudette Morel, Nice

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  98. If freedom of speech is guaranteed in Egypt, why is Maikel Nabil in prison??? He only blogged!!
    No blogger should be in jail! Set him free!
    Mark Langham

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  99. Mareike Sloothaak

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  100. Amr Essam, Egypt

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  101. Mohamed Bakier, Egypt

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  102. Diane Hoadly, Manchester, UK

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  103. Pauline Baxton, Sydney

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  104. أطلقوا سراح المدون مايكل نبيل!

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  105. Jean-Claude Fournier, France

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  106. Heather Manning

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  107. Rami Saleh, Egypt

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  108. Waleed Issam, Egypt

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  109. Bernie Vickery, Bruxelles

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  110. I strongly protest this jailing! Set Maikel Nabil free or else this whole revolution doesn't make sense! Why is freedom not precious?
    Robyn Dean, Scotland

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  111. Ahmed El-Fathy, Egypt

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  112. Sue Gross, Texas, US

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  113. Grant Lopez, Brasil

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  114. I support the freedom for bloggers! Please reverse the verdict and set him free!
    Gillie Higgins, NY

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  115. Mahmood Taha, Egypt

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  116. Thomas Bautzen, Hamburg

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  117. Pat Eckersley, L.A.

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  118. Richard Sheppard, GB

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  119. Katherine Jones

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  120. Fran Coldner, Washington D.C.

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  121. Michael Daniels, SF, USA

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  122. Bettina Braatsch

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  123. Diana Davies, Kentucky

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  124. Hussein Yehia, Egypt

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  125. Ali Ahmed Hamid, Egypt

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  126. Adrian Wootton,GB

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  127. Ahmed Awadalla

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  128. Michelle Wenderlich
    USA/Germany

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  129. Hey,

    I just signed the petition "Call for an immediate Release of Egyptian Blogger Maikel Nabil" and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

    Our goal is to reach as many signatures as possible and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/call-for-an-immediate-release-of-egyptian-blogger-maikel-nabil

    Thanks!
    The Arab Chronicle

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