Jailed Egyptian Blogger on Hunger Strike Now in Critical Condition

I have a post on the case of jailed Egyptian blogger, Maikel Nabil Sanad, now on hunger strike to protest his imprisonment:

Maikel Nabil Sanad is dying, his family says. The jailed 26-year-old blogger has been on a hunger strike for over two weeks to protest his imprisonment. Sanad is serving a three-year prison sentence after a military court on April 10 convicted him on charges of insulting the armed forces and publishing false information.

"His condition is very dire," says his father, Nabil Sanad Ibrahim. Two days after Sanad began his hunger strike on August 23, prison officials transferred him to 24-hour solitary confinement. A week later, he stopped drinking water and refused to take his medicine for a previously existing heart condition. The next day, he slipped into a coma, his family says, and was temporarily transferred to the prison hospital. While he has since awoken from the coma and resumed drinking and medication, Sanad remains critically ill and can hardly move. "He is also suffering depression and psychological distress. He needs both physical and psychological treatment," his father says.

Sanad, an avowed pacifist and campaigner against army conscription, was arrested by military police on March 28 after he penned a lengthy article on his blog titled “The people and the army were never one hand” in which he detailed cases of abuse by the military—a number of which had already been documented by local and international human rights rights organizations—and criticized the Supreme Council of Armed Forces for undermining the revolution. “The revolution has so far managed to get rid of the dictator but not the dictatorship,” he wrote.

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