Thursday, June 2, 2011

Military holds a 'Discussion' with Hamalawy and Maged about 'Abuses'

Tens of supporters of Blogger Hossam El-Hmalawy and Anchor Reem Maged rallied on June 1st outside the headquarters of Military Courts in Cairo to protest the Supreme Council's decision to call in both journalists for an investigation over what El-Hamalawy assertions on Maged's ON TV program that the army tortures and abuses civilian detainees.

Army officers later informed El-Hamalawy and Maged that the session was intended to be a discussion not a questioning.

El-Hamalawy told reporters that an agreement was reached with the 'Discussion' officers that he and other Human Rights lawyers will submit files documenting those abuses to the Military authorities within days.

Close to 10,000 civilians have been detained by the army since Mubarak's ouster on 11 February 2011. Many have received military trials and harsh sentences for criminal and political reasons without proper legal representation.

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