The Tar Pit

Monday, November 14, 2005

Jailed Egyptian blogger Abdolkarim is freed!

Abdolkarim Nabil Seliman, the Egyptian blogger who was detained after criticizing Islam following the October 22nd Muslim riots against Coptic Christians in Alexandria, has been released according to a post on his blog. An English translation of the Arabic, via the Committee to Protect Bloggers

"(I have been released) after 18 days, six of them spent at Alexandria State Securit office of AlFarana, and 12 in Tora Farm Prison in Cairo. I am fine now and cannot but thank everyone who stood next to me, either friends or people who have never known me, but are my brothers in humanity even though we may not necessarily agree intellectually. I am deeply thankful for them and wish them the best. I promise to write soon about my stay at the Tora Farm Prison and the people I met there."

Rantings of a Sandmonkey:

In it he announced that he was released yesterday by the Police after spending 18 days under arrest, 6 of which he was arrested by National Security and 12 of which he spent in the Torah priosn. His post is brief, in which he only thanked the people who stood by him and promises to write about what happend to him in prison later on.

Let's just hope it's really him and not someone who is impersonating him. I guess we will find out once the Big Media gets ahold of this. For now I will take it to be true, and I am happy for him that he got released. Maybe this will end the "who's next" sepculation game that the egyptian bloggers have been playing for the past 2 weeks or so.

Hat tip: Global Voices Online

Also see Instapundit

This is an enormous victory not only for bloggers, but for freedom in the Islamic world.

Earlier Tar Pit posts:
Egypt frees Sadat assassin, Luxor terrorists, blogger still jailed
Brownback, Wolf to hold press conference on attacks against Egyptian Copts
Jailing of Egyptian blogger: impact on Islamic reform
Jailed Egyptian blogger located, outlook dim
Detained Egyptian blogger missing, Abdolkarim Nabil Seliman

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