Thursday, August 18, 2011

Two jailed for 6 months for insulting Egypt military

Maan News Agency, Aug. 17, 2011
Egyptian military police stand guard in Tahrir Square. [AFP/File Khaled Desouki]
CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s military, which faces growing condemnation for cracking down on critics, on Wednesday sentenced two men to six months in prison each for chanting anti-military slogans, a prosecution official said.

One of the men, 18-year-old activist Hassan Said, was arrested in a central Cairo square on August 2, a day after soldiers and police violently dispersed a weeks-long sit in by activists demanding a civilian government.

The second man was named as 23-year-old Karim Sayid but no further details about when he was arrested were available.

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