November 28, 2013

As we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States, 21 families in Egypt are confronting the heavy price of freedom.

On October 31, 2013, 21 Egyptian teenage girls from “The 7 AM Movement” were arrested for participating in an anti-coup demonstration. Yesterday in Sidi Gaber Court in Alexandria, Egypt, Judge Ahmed Abdul-Naby sentenced 14 girls to 11 years in prison and sentenced 7 minors to the Egyptian equivalent of juvenile detention. Judge Abdul-Naby also sentenced 6 men in absentia to 15 years in prison for organizing the demonstration. (Case #25790) (Source: Al-Masriyoon Newspaper)

On November 13, 2013 in a similar series of events, 12 Alazhar University students were sentenced to 17 years in prison and fined 64,000 LE (Egyptian pounds) for participating in anti-coup demonstrations. (Source: Al-Ahram Newspaper)

A few days ago, Judge Mahmoud Al-Khodairi (74 years old), ex vice-chair of Egypt’s Appeals Court who was very vocal against Mubarak’s regime and one of the notable symbols in the January 25 uprising in 2011, was arrested with a charge of torturing one of the demonstrators during the 2011 revolution.