Links March 13 2010

From POMED:

In other news, blogger and democracy activist Wael Abbas — previously sentenced to 6 months jail time last November before an appeals court acquitted him February — was convicted yet again, this time by Egypt’s Economic Court under the charge of “providing a telecommunications service to the public without permission.” During Abbas’ earlier trial last fall, this same charge had been dropped by the public prosecution in favor of indicting Abbas for “vandalizing an Internet connection.” Gamal Eid, executive director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, blasted the government for its “blatant tampering” with the law. “The case was closed already and Abbas was acquitted after proving to the judiciary that it was a completely fabricated,” he said. “The Ministry of Interior is so keen to jail a blogger…because his blog exposes crimes of torture and corruption in Egypt.”

Urging the Egyptian government to overturn Abbas’ new sentence, the Committee to Protect Journalists stressed that “[manufacturing] one charge after another until one finally sticks makes a mockery of the judicial system.”

Urging the Egyptian government to overturn Abbas’ new sentence, the Committee to Protect Journalistsstressed that “[manufacturing] one charge after another until one finally sticks makes a mockery of the judicial system.”

More at Wael's blog. And the rest of the links:

  • Maan News Agency: Egypt expels hundreds of Palestinians to Gaza

    224 Palestinians, mostly medical patients, sent back to Gaza.

  • 30 hurt in Muslim-Christian clashes in Egypt

    In Marsa Matruh, over church-building again.

  • DUBAI: Police chief gives spies one week to leave Gulf region | Babylon & Beyond | Los Angeles Times

    Tamim is getting pretty buffoonish.

  • US dismayed after Morocco expels Americans

    They were missionaries, apparently.

  • Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, 1928-2010 | Irfan al-Alawi | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

    A nice reflection on Tantawi's lack of leadership.

  • Miliband's grand Middle East delusion | Chris Phillips | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

    On British standing in the Middle East.

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