Thursday, February 22, 2007

Not the Sandmonkey

An Egyptian blogger, Abdelkareem Suleiman, was sentenced to 4 years in Egyptian prison for "insulting" Islam and "defaming" Mubarak. This article from the Daily Telegraph gave me a shock, reporting that this was Sandmonkey:

An Egyptian who enraged his government with outspoken views on Islam and politics expressed in his internet diary was jailed yesterday amid an international outcry.

The 22-year-old former law student, whose own father has disowned him and called for his execution under Islamic law, was sentenced to four years by a court in Alexandria.

The convictions resulting from the views published on his weblog, sandmonkey, included counts for "spreading information disruptive of public order and damaging to the country's reputation"; "incitement to hate Islam" and "defaming the President of the Republic".

Fortunately, the real Sandmonkey is free and still blogging. Apparently somewhere along the line someone in the Telegraph got things a little garbled. Poor Suleiman, however, is in for a very rough time, and may not even live to serve out his sentence, according to comments on Sandmonkey's post.

Mubarak: Let your people go.

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