13 March 2007

Kareem Sentence Upheld

Here's the scoop, from UPI:

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Published: March 12, 2007 at 2:06 PM
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Egypt court endorses verdict on blogger
CAIRO, March 12 (UPI) -- An Egyptian appeals court endorsed a verdict sentencing a blogger to 4 years in prison on charges of insulting Islam and the president.

Judicial sources said Monday an appeals court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria approved the verdict issued last month against 22-year-old Abdul Karim Nabil Amer. He was convicted on charges of "ridiculing Islam and insulting" President Hosni Mubarak.

Arrested last November, Amer is the first blogger to be sentenced to prison in Egypt.

Here are the important facts:
  1. This Egyptian blogger has been jailed for speaking against the abuses of the Mubarak dictatorship.
  2. As the first case of its type, this is a matter of precedent. If pressure can be brought against Egypt to make them reverse the decision, it will free potentially thousands of patriots, not just a single blogger.
  3. If nothing is done on behalf of Mr. Amer, moderates within Islam and patriots in oppressive regimes will decide that we are not serious about supporting them.
Abdul Kareem Nabil Amer has done nothing more than I have done in this blog, or you in your own blog. Or your e-mail. Or a conversation with friends. He rots in an Egyptian prison while you read this. Please sign the petition at www.freekareem.org.

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