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Maikel Nabil, a 25-year imprisoned for blogging, has been on hunger strike at Marg prison since August 23 to protest his unjust imprisonment. The strike is of extra concern because he has low blood pressure and is taking medication for a heart condition.

Nabil was the first blogger to be convicted by a military court in Egypt since the January uprising. On April 11 he was sentenced to three years in prison for “insulting the military establishment,” and “spreading false information.” The sole evidence against him was a CD with details of Nabil's blog postings and commentary on Facebook.  The military has scheduled his appeal hearing for December 20.

Human Rights Watch repeated its call for Nabil to be immediately released and all charges dropped.

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