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Egyptian Military Court Sentences Officer to Six Years in Prison

April 03, 2012

A military court sentenced an army officer who took part in protests to six years in prison, Al- Ahram gate reported.

Ahmed Shouman faced several charges including absence from his unit to participate in protests, failure to “obey military orders” and expressing political views on satellite channels in violation of a law forbidding military personnel from doing so, the state-run news website reported.

The head of the ruling military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, had previously pardoned Shouman after he took part in the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak. Shouman later participated, wearing his uniform, in demonstrations against military rule, Al-Ahram said.

Protesters have demanded that the military council which took interim rule from Mubarak cede power, accusing it of mismanaging the transition and stifling dissent. The council has said it will transfer rule to civilians by the end of June. The first presidential elections since Mubarak’s ouster will begin in May.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mariam Fam in Cairo at mfam1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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