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Blogger detained on charges of attempting to overthrow the government

(ANHRI/IFEX) - The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) deplores the fabrication of political lawsuits by state security organs, particularly in the province of Fayoum, where officials have created new charges against bloggers. The most recent charge was brought against Ahmed Mohsen, a blogger who writes the Open Your Eyes blog ( http://eyestillopen.blogspot.com ). He has been accused of "exploiting the democratic climate prevailing in the country to overthrow the regime."

On 23 April 2009, state security forces broke into Mohsen's house in the city of Fayoum and searched it, but were surprised to find that the blogger had months ago moved to Minya province to work and had not returned to Fayoum since. Officer Amr Alhumaili, not wanting to be reprimanded for submitting false information to his superiors, called the blogger and told him to come to Fayoum or they would bring him from Minya. The blogger travelled back to the city and headed directly to the Fayoum public prosecution, where he was charged with attempting to overthrow the government. On 29 April, he was imprisoned for 15 days pending investigation.

"It is normal for a state security officer to tell lies, but when the public prosecution believes this lie and approves the imprisonment of a young blogger for 'exploitation of the democratic climate', this is black comedy. What democracy did this young man exploit?" said ANHRI.

"Through this statement, we notify the Minister of the Interior that your state security officer, Amr Alhumaili, lied to you and fabricated the record of inquiry against the young blogger, who did not have anything to do with the city of Fayoum several months ago. Will the Minister of the Interior punish the officer or he will turn a blind eye on the whole issue and keep silent on the imprisonment of an innocent young man?" asked ANHRI.

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