EGYPT: Emergency update: Maikel Nabil Sanad to be tried tomorrow, 31 March, 10am Cairo time


War Resisters' International received information that detained Egyptian pacifist and conscientious objector will be tried at a military court tomorrow, 31 March, at 10am Cairo time, on charges of "insulting the military" and "obstructing public security". He was detained on 28 March late in the evening, and has been under investigation since (see co-alert, 30 March 2011). He will be represented by well-known human rights lawyer Nejad El-Boraee, but nevertheless it is to be feared that he will be sentenced to three years' imprisonment.

Given the urgency, War Resisters' International calls for urgent protest faxes to embassies of Egypt abroad. A list of embassies is available at

In addition, protest faxes should be sent to:

Director of Military Judiciary
Major-General Ahmed Abd Allah
Military Judicial Department
Cairo, Egypt
Fax: +202 2 402 4468 / +202 2 411 3452 (ask for fax)

Military General Attorney
Major-General Medhat Radwan
Military Judicial Department Cairo, Egypt
+202 2 412 0980 (ask for fax)

Minister of Defence
His Excellency Muhammad Tantawi
Ministry of Defence Cairo, Egypt ;

A protest email can be sent at

A sample protest fax, that can be adapted for use, can be downloaded from:

- Microsoft Word:

- OpenDocument:

- PDF: