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Lawyer: Egyptian Blogger Gets Three Years For Criticizing Military

The Egyptian military has ruled the country since the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak.
CAIRO, April 11, 2011 -- A lawyer for an Egyptian blogger says a military court today jailed his client for three years for criticizing the armed forces, the country's rulers since the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak's in February.

Military police arrested blogger Maikel Nabil, a campaigner against conscription, on March 28 after he wrote blogs criticizing the military.

Lawyer Gamal Eid said today Nabil was sentenced on April 10 by a Cairo military tribunal.

Last week, Human Rights Watch called for the charges against Nabil to be dropped.

This is the first trial of a blogger by a military court since the the military assumed control after Mubarak resigned on February 11 following 18 straight days of anti-regime protests.