Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Egypt? 7,000 civilians jailed since Mubarak fell


By Mohannad Sabry | McClatchy Newspapers, June 13, 2011

CAIRO — Egypt’s military rulers told human rights advocates Monday that at least 7,000 civilians have been sentenced to prison terms by military courts since Hosni Mubarak was ousted — an astoundingly high number likely to fuel debate over how much the revolution has changed the country.

Advocates said the military promised to review the cases and vacate any improper guilty verdicts and commute the sentences. But the advocates voiced skepticism and demanded more information about civilians in military custody.

“This is not the first time they’ve promised,” said Mona Seif, a member of a rights group called No Military Trials that met with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Egypt’s ruling body. “We were offered no guarantees whatsoever.”

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