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Prosecutors obstruct appeal of blogger Karim Amer's conviction

(HRinfo/IFEX) - HRinfo is asking the prosecutor-general to order members of the prosecution in East Alexandria Integral Court to stop hindering the procedure to appeal the conviction of Egyptian blogger Karim Amer.

HRinfo's lawyer, Rawda Ahmed, who is part of the defense team, has travelled to Alexandria many times to file the appeal. However, upon discovery that the appeal related to Amer's case, the prosecution refused to process it.

Rawda has clashed over this matter with members of the prosecution, who stonewalled and criticized her for defending Amer.

In response, Rawda has urged the prosecutor-general to order members of the prosecution immediately to stop hindering the appeal procedures in Amer's case. As a prisoner, Amer has the right to the full defense guaranteed by the law. The prosecutors also must ignore any personal opinions that might motivate them to hinder the prisoners' legally guaranteed right to appeal.

On a separate HRinfo has urged the prosecutor-general to open an investigation into the papers it filed on 2 April against Judge Abdel Fatah Mourad for stealing HRinfo's intellectual property. Previously, in the 30 March issue of "Al-Masry Al-Youm" newspaper ( http://12.47.45.221/article.aspx?ArticleID=52982&r=t ), the prosecutor declared it would immediately investigate the case. Nonetheless, HRinfo's request has yet to be acted upon. In contrast, the judge's fabricated charge against HRinfo's director and the two bloggers, Manal and Alaa, proceeded in no time (see IFEX alert of 14 March 2007). HRinfo reiterates its call for a neutral investigation into its case against the judge.

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