Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Egyptian politician sentenced to two years imprisonment for having visited Gaza

I have previously reported on the human rights abuses in Egypt against those who side with Gaza. The Jerusalem Post writes that today a tribunal sentenced an opposition parliamentarian to two years imprisonment and a 1,000 dollar fine for 'illegally' travelling to Gaza. Magdi Hussain, who is the General Secretary of the Labour Party, had been seized by Egyptian authorities on January 31 when returning to Egypt from Gaza without a passport.

The Jerusalem Post also writes that "Egypt's military tribunals are known for their swift verdicts." In clear-speak, that means a complete lack of democratic functioning. A defense lawyer, Mohammed Moneib, stated that no lawyers were permitted to defend Hussain at the trial.

International solidarity is needed know, to pressure the Egyptian regime to release the prisoners of the Palestine solidarity movement.

News links on Palestine & Egypt: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

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