Blogger Gets 4 Years In Prison For "Insulting" Mubarak & Islam

Recently, I ran a post on the arrest and scheduled trial of Egyptian Blogger Abdel Karim Nabil. He was charged with writing posts “insulting” to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Islam. As I noted then, this case is not an isolated incident in Mubarek’s Egypt but reflects a common tactic being employed by Mubarek to stifle moderate, pro-democracy voices.

By accident, I discovered what has become of Nabil. Buried in this piece by CBS news, a piece on allegations of torture made by the Egyptian cleric purportedly kidnapped from Italy by CIA officials who then rendered him to Egypt, is this blurb:

The blogger was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison by an Egyptian court. Abdel Kareem Nabil received three years in prison for insulting Islam and one year for insulting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

From the Bush Administrtion, we can expect a pro forma tut-tut from the State Department … and then, nothing more.

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