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Dissident blogger attacks Egypt military after release

Egypt’s revolutionist blogger, who was incarcerated for his staunchly critical writings against the military, has stepped out unsoftened from prison, lashing out at the Army in his very first appearance and recounting his 10 months behind the bars.

world Updated: Jan 30, 2012 00:20 IST

Egypt’s revolutionist blogger, who was incarcerated for his staunchly critical writings against the military, has stepped out unsoftened from prison, lashing out at the Army in his very first appearance and recounting his 10 months behind the bars.

In his first address after being "pardoned" from his two-year prison sentence, Maikel Nabil said he was drugged before his interrogation and forced to watch other prisoners being tortured during his 302 days in jail.

Nabil, the first prisoner to be incarcerated for his opinions since the January 25 revolution, was sentenced to two years by a military court on charges of propagating false information and insulting the institution of military.

The charges were based mainly on a blog post he wrote on March 7 in which he accused the military forces of being complicit in killing protesters during the 18-day uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

On January 22, only three days ahead of the anniversary of the January 25 revolution, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, pardoned 959 prisoners who had been sentenced.

Hours after his release, the Coptic activist issued a strongly worded statement on YouTube and described Tantawi as a "military dictator".

"This is the first time I can talk to you directly after 302 days, which was the period of my imprisonment ordered by the SCAF," he said addressing the revolutionaries and asking them to keep protesting against the interim military rule.