Postponing the Trial of the First Egyptian Blogger Tried Because of His writings on the Internet

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The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (Hinfo) is highly concerned by trialing the young Egyptian blogger Abdul Kareem Nabil Suleiman (internet name: Kareem Amer) for his writings. Amer is the first Egyptian blogger to be plainly trialed for writing secular articles on his own weblog.

Moharram Beik Misdemeanor Court in Alexandria postponed Amer&#146s trial to Thursday 25 January, upon the request of lawyers representing Kareem from The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, Hisham Mubarak Law Center, and Association for Human Rights Legal Aid.

Amer arrived at court surrounded by strict guardians from State Security Service in Alexandria who prevented him from seeing his lawyers. It is noteworthy that Amer is detained pending investigation into fragile convictions since 7 November 2006. Apparently, the actual reason of his detention is expressing his own ideas which contradict the governmental tendency to overbid the extremist Islamist groups.

Kareem was hardly able to tell his lawyers that he is suffering inhuman imprisonment circumstances; he is staying in a solitary cell and does not receive his meals regularly. The solitary confinement is usually used as a “punitive penalty” for opinion prisoners. Kareem is also prevented from seeing his family, which is considered illegal. Amer appeared in sever fatigue and exhaustion; according to his lawyer Rawda Ahmed from HRinfo.

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information announces that Amer&#146s life is at risk because of his inhuman detention circumstances and preventing him form seeing his family. In addition, the State Security Service, famous for its brutality, is supervising his case. HRinfo calls upon local and international community to protect the opinion prisoner Kareem Amer, and demand the elimination of his trial and releasing him.

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