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Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Monday, November 14, 2005

AbdalKarim got released

Posted by Picasa AbdalKarim, the egyptian blogger whose arrest has sparked a storm of contreversey amongst egyptian bloggers and started an international campaign to release him, was finally released yesterday, at least according to this blogpost on his blog. 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. Update: How could I forget? Thanks to everyone who sent an e-mail or a letter to the egyptian embassy or their elected representitive over AbdalKarim's arrest, thanks to everyone who signed the petition, who went and protested in the US in front of the egyptian embassy, who put up a banner, who wrote a post on it. Thanks to everyone who got involved basically, egyptians and non-egyptians, because I have a feeling that he wouldn't have been released this fast if it wasn't for all of you. Thank you!

13 Comments:

At 11/14/2005 06:34:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

YAY!

Congratulations to the Egyptian blogosphere!

 
At 11/14/2005 06:41:00 AM, Blogger Louise said...

Wonderful!! I wonder if the massive emailing of Egyptian embassies had anything to do with it.

 
At 11/14/2005 07:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tourism is one of Egypt's big money maker. Threatening to withold our money from their economy might have been persuasive. hehehehe


jonas

*crosses fingers*

 
At 11/14/2005 09:18:00 AM, Anonymous Don Cox said...

That is good news. I'm sure the Egyptian bloggers helped. ____Now, what about this teacher? - Nov 14 post.

 
At 11/14/2005 10:00:00 AM, Blogger Gateway Pundit said...

That is wonderful news. The Egyptian bloggers did a great job in pushing for his release.

 
At 11/14/2005 11:12:00 AM, Blogger stefania said...

Wow!!!!!!!!

Great news!!!!!!!!!

 
At 11/14/2005 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Jeffrey said...

Yeah, I was one of those whose emails to the Egyptian embassy mentioned boycotting Egypt as a tourist destination and urging friends to go elsewhere for vacation.

I hadn't even mentioned contacting my reps in Congress who vote on fat aid-packets to Egypt. Next, I'll add that angle into my email.

*

 
At 11/14/2005 04:11:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

w00t! Instalanche for the Sandmonkey! :-D

 
At 11/14/2005 06:03:00 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

I recieved two return e-mails out of 12 that I sent to Texas Senators and Representives. Both said in effect that the displeasure of the United States had been "expressed very firmly".

I hope that someone soon can verify that he is really out and in good health.

Keep us advised.

Papa Ray
West Texas
USA

 
At 11/14/2005 06:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little Green Footballs has linked to the story about the Saudi teacher, here.

"three years in prison and 750 lashes — 50 lashes per week for 15 weeks" for mocking Islam.

..un-freakin-believable...

jonas

 
At 11/15/2005 05:51:00 AM, Anonymous highlander said...

Congratulations to Abdelkarim :)

 
At 11/15/2005 11:32:00 AM, Anonymous James W. said...

It's official!!! Blogging is changing the world!!!

 
At 11/15/2005 06:18:00 PM, Blogger reminiscor said...

Freedom!

Free Lebanon

 

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