I am off to court right now. The second session of the trial to block blogs in Egypt is today. Let's see what the Judge has in store this time for us!
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As we speak, Alaa, Manal, and Gamal Eid, the head of HR-Info are being held in the Dokki Police station, thanks to Judge Mourad. The asshole Judge filed an unsabstinated and malicious police report accusing them of insulting him in public, which isn;t true (hell, the man assaulted a blogger in front of the courtroom without provocation, something I saw with my own eyes). However, since they were called in for investigation, they have to be released by the police. In order to get released, a senior Officer needs to authorize their release, and not one was present. So, they transferred them to the Dokki Police station in order to find a senior officer to release them, only to find, you guessed it, no senior officer there to do it. This means that they may have to spend the night at the Dokki Police station until tomorrow comes and a senior Police Officer comes along and releases them. As Alaa put it in his latest text message, they "are in limbo"!
We are in for one hell of a year!
Update: They are being moved now to the Giza secuirty department, and hopefully they will be released there!
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For those who are paying attention, it is happening as we speak!
This is going to be a tough year for a lot of people.
I have no confirmation of this yet, but I was informed by Amr Gharbeia that the blogging Judge is suing the government to get them to block 21 websites, some of which include the blogs of Gharbeia and Bent Masreya and the websites of HRInfo and Kefaya. The official reason behind his lawsuit is that those websites defame Egypt, but the real reason might be a bit different. Amr had discoverd that the man had plagarized almost 1/3 of his book's content from his website and others, which, surprise surprise, include Bent Masreya and HR Info. Here is HR Info's campaign against the man for plagarizing. The man seems to be taregting websites that exposed his plagarism. There is nothing so far about this alleged law suit. However, the moment I get confirmation I will let you know.
Update: Confirmation was obtained from the head of HR Info. The story goes something like this: Judge Mourad didn't like the websites exposing his plagarism, so in order to sielnec or bargain with them, he filed a lawsuit accusing them of extorting him by spreading false claims about his plagarism. He did that thinking that the websites and blogs would budge, but they didn't, so now , as a back up plan, he is filing a lawsuit demanding that the government shuts them down because they "defame Egypt". This is why he added a bunch of websites like Kefaya and Yehia Megahed's blog to the list. I have no idea who the other 16 websites are and neither does anyone else at the moment. But once we get them, it will be clear who else he is targeting. I don't think this blog is on that list, but I am still waiting for confirmation!
To world criticism of Andel Karim, in this Op-Ed piece. It's quite amusing, because they completely ignore the "Insulting the President charge". Or maybe that's part of the sanctity of religion that we put first before free speech.
Sweden reverses an expulsion order against an egyptian former terror suspect. With the story of Abu Omar out, who could blame them?
The Egyptian government lashes out against critics of the AbdelKarim verdict. After all, how dare those HR people have a differing opinion than that of the egyptian government? Blasphemy!
But it's not all bad news. Ibrahim Eissa beat the case against him and overturned the verdict of one year in jail for insulting the President. Abdel Karim's appeal court case is on the 18th of March y'all. Let's hope we hear good news then as well!
Al Zarwaa is no longer on TV, and I am pissed off. This was a great channel. Utterly psychotic. They showed explosions and dead bodies and terrorist acts in the making and ran videos of how great and brave Saddam was. Now that's reality TV for ya. And what even sucks more is that the egyptian government pussy footed around it. Instead of taking a stand against terrorism by announcing that they banned the website for its psychotic content, they claimed "technical problems" were the cause for the shut down. Wussies!
The Shia are not having fun in Egypt, or so says this story. I believe it. It's just the sign of things to come!
And finally, a story about the strikes the workers been waging and their victories. Knowing how shitty their wages are (less than 40 dollars a month) and how badly they are treated, this heartless capitalist says: Good for them. Keep it up guys and more power to ya! It doesn't seem like the strikes will end soon!
Here it is!
4 years in jail. 3 years for disdain for religions and 1 year for insulting the president. I am on my way back from there right now. I will have a report up in PJM and will be on BBC's world have your say talkin about it. Stay tuned!
Abdel Karim father announced today that he is disowning Abdel Karim, and that he would like to see Sharia Law applied to his son, in which he would have 3 days to repent at the end of which if he is not repentent, he would be killed. The Father also announced that he intends to disown his son publically in court- accompanied by his Koran-memorizing 4 other children- the day of the verdict in order to "lift the pressure" that the civil society and human rights organization maybe imposing on the Court. He also called the Human Rights organizations who are fighting for his son's freedom "Chimps Rights Organizations" since "they are defending a Chimp like AbdelKarim" who is emulating the west in "their thinking and opinions". Nice, eh?
Why do I have the feeling that this court session will be a circus?
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