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Three Years in jail for Facebook posting

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A military court in Egypt has sentenced an Egyptian citizen Amr Nohan to three years in prison for drawing Mickey Mouse ears on the president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and posting it on facebook.

Micky Mouse ears on the president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Image via Twitter)
Mouse ears on the president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Image via Twitter)

 What is the issue?

Amr Nohan, the person who posted the image was seen as a conspirator by many in government who attempts to overthrow the regime. Why he was tried in military court is still a mystery. Views of majority in Egypt indicate that Nohan is a conscript, and that’s why he was tried in a military court.

image via nateleung.com
image via nateleung.com

Many Egyptians have reacted strongly against the verdict. They are expressing their outrage over the sentence. The alleged image of the president is now widely circulated on social networking site. Supporters are tweeting with an Arabic hastag on twitter which means #Freedom_for_Amr_Nohan.

(With some inputs from globalvoices.org)