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Activists given prison sentences following Suez protests

(EOHR/IFEX) - 9 July 2012 - On the 9th of July 2012, the military court sentenced eight activists that took part in protests on 4 May 2012 in the city of Suez. Political activist Mohamed Gharib was sentenced to three years' imprisonment, while Osama Mohamed, Mohamed Motawea', Ahmed Hamdi, Khaled Salem, Khaled Hamza, Mohamed Sami and Mohamoud Saaid were all sentenced to six months in prison.

EOHR has called on President Morsi to use his legal and constitutional rights in order to halt the implementation of the previously mentioned verdicts, as per article no. 97, law no. 25, year 1966. The article mentions that the president is entitled to order the immediate release of anyone sentenced by a Military Court.

It is worth mentioning that Suez has witnessed a series of protests and marches in front of governorate headquarters and the military prosecutor general office. The protests were spear-headed by an group of Suez youth, members of the 6th April Movement and Suez Ultras. They all called for the immediate release of the young people mentioned above, stressing that they have not committed any forms of vandalism and that all the protests on the 4 May were peaceful.

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