After being in jail for more than 2 months, the Egyptian blogger Mohamed Refaat was set free.
Mohamed told Add-Dostour daily newspaper that the state security officers insisted that he will not go out of his detention custody till he sign a paper saying he will never update his blog neither heis Facebook account , nevertheless dealing with humanitarian NGOs or journalists.
Refaat has being in jail since July, though the editor of the blog Matabbat was ordered to be realesed. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information and Hisham Mubarak Law Center reported in a statement:
The state security apparatus had raided Mohamed Refaat’s home early in the morning on 21st of July 2008 in his absence, and seized his PC, and many of his books, and when Mohamed Refaat approached the officer ‘ Hisham Tawfik’ in the morning in the state security offices, he shocked by the fabricated charges of ‘inciting to strike on the occasion of 23rd July’, he was then referred to the state security prosecution office in the case no. 1143 for the year 2008.
Mohamed Refaat’s blog did not include any thing about this alleged strike. The Egyptian detained blogger used to write hid dairy , and write postings about love, life in Cairo and some personal stuff. Refaat was accused of ‘offending the state institutions, destabilizing the public security, and inciting for demonstrations and strikes via internet’ and these charges need no evidence.
(Via Global Voices Advocacy.)