“Dr. Michael Nabil Sanad, the 26-year-old blogger jailed by an Egyptian military court, could die soon in prison,” Assyrian International News Agency reports.
By Mary Abdelmassih
9/20/2011 Egypt (AINA) – Dr. Michael Nabil Sanad, the 26-year-old blogger jailed by an Egyptian military court, could die soon in prison, says his family and human rights groups. Reporters Without Borders (RWB) called on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to immediately release Michael. According to RWB “If he does not resume drinking, he could very soon die in detention and SCAF would have to take full responsibility.”
After visiting his brother today at El-Marg prison, Mark Sanad said Michael’s health, after 28-days of a hunger strike, has become critical. “He is unable to leave bed. When he stands up he loses his vision. He has lost 12 KG and weighs 48 KG now.”
Blogger Michael Sanad went on hunger strike to protest his prison sentence, as well as his anger that other bloggers who were in his situation, such as Asma Mahfouz and Loay Najati, were pardoned by the military council. He was to three-years in prison sentence by a military court on April 10, for entries on his blog criticizing the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). He was accused of insulting the military establishment and spreading false information about it. However, according to SCAF press release number 68, military trials are limited to crimes of rape, thuggery and assaulting security personnel.
He began his hunger strike on August 23, and a water and medication strike on September 12 (AINA 8-25-2011).