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The short end of the story

Posted Feb 01 2013 5:50am
The short end of the story is that over the last year and a half, we ve had people being tortured, whipped, beaten, kicked as early as February 5, again on March 6, March 9, throughout last summer, December, and most recently in Abassiya, says Morayef. None of those  silca sbb cases of torture by the military have been investigated, she says. And in most incidents they were flatly denied. The most notorious incident occurred on October 9, 2011 when the military crushed a demonstration led by Christian protesters, killing 24 people, 14 of whom were shot dead; some were run over by military vehicles. The military had crushed an earlier protest in Tahrir on March 9, 2011, arresting nearly 200 people, beating many of them and subjecting 17 women to forced virginity tests. Neither case has resulted in a conviction of a member of the armed forces, but activists have been detained at length.
The military has clamped down on freedom of expression in response to a population of critics that have only grown bolder since the uprising, according to Morayef. They tend to invoke the same laws that Mubarak had used to repress the media like Article 184 of the  tachosoft mileage calculator penal code (passed in 1937), which makes it a crime to insult the army or the courts or the authorities. The military is also particularly fond of Article 102 of the penal code that criminalizes the spreading of false information with the purpose of affecting public order or spreading fear or harming national interests. What they mean by false information was, for example, [activist] Michael Nabil talking on his Facebook profile about the military being responsible for torture and virginity tests, Morayef says. Another activist and blogger, Hossam al-Hamalawy, was summoned for military questioning after alleging that the head of military police, Hamdy Badeen, was personally responsible for torture. Other well known journalists and activists have been summoned as well. Later in 2011, SCAF amended the penal code with an article to make thuggery a term now often applied to
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