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Maikel is free!

Egyptian pacifist Maikel Nabil Sanad has finally been released by the military authorities. Maikel was arrested on 29 March last year for criticising the military for its role during and after the Egyptian uprising. He was convicted by successive military courts of ‘insulting’ the army and ‘spreading false information’.

Peace News has been following Maikel’s case since the beginning (see PN 2533 for the background).

Maikel was finally released on the anniversary of the uprising, on 24 January, along with nearly 2,000 other prisoners convicted by military courts, all ‘pardoned’ by the authorities. Maikel and many other released prisoners rejected the ‘pardon’, arguing that they had done nothing wrong.