Eight military prisoners pardoned in Suez

Eight individuals who were arrested in front of the Suez Police Department while protesting against the Abbasseya clashes were pardoned on Thursday, said the Suez Freedom and Justice Party secretary Ahmed Mahmoud.

The detainees, who were members of the Ultras football club, were charged with attacking military personnel and damaging public facilities.

In July the Suez military court sentenced seven of the demonstrators to six months in jail, and the eighth was sentenced to three years for possession of fireworks.

The No to Military Trials Campaign responded to the announcement by expressing its disappointment that activist Bassem Mohsen has not been pardoned.

Activist and campaign member Mona Seif said that it was a “black comedy” that Mohsen, who was arrested while protesting against military trials, was not among the pardoned.

 “This position shows that there is bias against Mohsen for being a revolutionary who was not shaken in spite of what he had faced” when he was injured in Mohamed Mahmoud events of last November, Seif said.

She stressed that the campaign members will continue to challenge Mohsen’s two year prison sentence in court.

 “We consider any prisoner leaving military prisons as a victory, despite our sadness that they were not tried in front of a normal judge and that they already spent in prison,” she said.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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