Abdel Karim Suleiman

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Abdel Karim Suleiman (also known as Karim Amer). wiki

"New York, April 29, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an campaign of harassment and intimidations against imprisoned Egyptian blogger Abdel Karim Suleiman, known online as Karim Amer.

"In the most recent instance of harassment, security officers at Borg Al-Arab Prison in Alexandria went into Amer's cell this week and confiscated his notebooks as well as letters of support that had been sent to him from around the world, according to Amer's lawyers. The notebooks are believed to contain his personal writings...

"In August 2008, some of Amer’s books and other reading materials were arbitrarily confiscated, his lawyer said. In November 2007, a Borg Al-Arab guard and inmates severely beat Amer on the orders of prison officials, the lawyer said. In that attack, Amer was stripped of his clothes and assaulted by an inmate and a guard. Officials later transferred him to solitary confinement where he was attacked again, losing a tooth and suffering bruises, CPJ research shows.

"Amer was arrested in November 2006 and sentenced in February 2007 to four years in prison for writing critically about conservative religious figures in charge of Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, the preeminent higher learning institution in Sunni Islam, and also for criticizing President Hosni Mubarak.

"Amer was eligible for release on November 5, 2009, after having completed three fourths of his term, in accordance with Egyptian law that permits prisoners to be released early for good behavior. Amer’s lawyer sent an appeal to President Hosni Mubarak, but the request was denied. In October, an appeals court also denied the defense lawyer's motion for a retrial." [1]

When Esra'a Al Shafei found out about Karim's arrest, "she launched the Free Kareem campaign." "The Free Kareem campaign is just one of Esra’a’s many initiatives, all of which fall under the umbrella of her organization, Mideast Youth." [2]

On Feb 11, 2011, a report noted: "One of Egypt’s prominent bloggers, Kareem Amer, who went missing earlier this week, is finally freed according to a report by RWW.

Right now, it is still unconfirmed who his abductors were but Egyptian liberal blogger and human rights activist Dalia Ziada reported his release via Twitter about three hours ago." [3]

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  1. Egyptian blogger Karim Amer harassed in jail, Committee to Protect Journalists, accessed February 15, 2011.
  2. Free Kareem, movements.org, accessed February 15, 2011.
  3. Prominent Egyptian Blogger Kareem Amer Freed, accessed February 11, 2011.