Egypt: After Releasing April 8 Officers ANHRI Calls On Applying the General Pardon On Them and On the Soldier Sayed Mady

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The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, today, said that "the solider Sayed Mady still in the military prison since he was arrested and appear before the court in last April in the case no. 295 of 2012.

He was charged of being absent from his military unit and the court sentenced him for a year. In addition to the case no. 58 of 2012 military criminal court-western, in which the court sentenced him for a year imprisonment due to charges of inciting the sedition among the individuals of the military forces on the background of singing some revolutionary songs in his military unit then joining the revolutionaries in Mohmed Mahmoud st., and Prime Ministry events".

ANHRI extremely wonders the persistence of imprisoning the solider until now, despite the presidential decree on the general pardon law to who committed crimes aiming to advocate the revolution in last October.

"Sayed Mady Sayed Abdulrahman" is an Egyptian solider in the battalion no. 433- general no. 188- fourth division Suez, he was attached as security individual in the devision of the army III field security. He was a member of April 6 movement before being conscripted. He decided to join the calls of the revolutionaries and get in the filed in Mahmoud Mahmoud and prime ministry events, then he was referred to the military court due to accusations of foment sedition in addition to being absent from his unit.

ANHRI said that "Mady's conduct isn't a crime but he used his legitimate right as a citizen to express his opinions. In case of the military forces consider it as a crime, then it is in the frame of the crimes committed in the aim of advocating the revolution, of which a law of general pardon was issued by the president, therefore, the legal aid unit for freedom of expression by a petition to the chief of the military court body to call on the release of Mady".

Meanwhile, ANHRI welcomes the decision of releasing April 8 officers and calls on the president, the minister of defense and the general attorney of the military to release Mady and apply the general pardon law on all of them in addition to drop all the charges pressed on them and revoke its legal effects.

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