Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, March 16, 2007

State Department denounces conviction of Egyptian blogger

The U.S. State Department on Thursday decried the recent conviction of Egyptian blogger Abdel-Karim Suleiman, Reuters reported the same day. Suleiman was indicted for offensive comments towards Islam and President Hosni Mubarak. He was recently sentenced to four years in prison.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack expressed his concerns, saying “His conviction is a setback for human rights in Egypt.” McCormack also emphasized the integral role that freedom of expression plays in a democratic and prosperous society.

Egypt receives nearly $2 billion in U.S. aid each year.

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