Imprisoned blogger Maikel Nabil admitted to mental hospital

Al-Masry Al-Youm reports: The Interior Ministry’s prisons administration on Sunday ordered the admission of blogger and activist Maikel Nabil, who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 60 days, to the mental hospital in Abbasseya, according to security sources.

Nabil, a Coptic Christian, was arrested by military police on 28 March at his home in Cairo. He was later sentenced to three years in prison on charges of spreading false information about Egypt’s military in a case that drew criticism from rights groups around the world.

On Thursday, the European Union urged Egyptian authorities to ensure proper medical care for him and told them to respect international standards in protecting prisoners.

He went on hunger strike on 23 August in protest at his conviction.

His family told rights group Amnesty International this month that the activist’s health had deteriorated and the authorities had prevented him from taking his medication.

Nabil was the first Egyptian since the revolution to be sentenced to a prison term for expressing his opinion.

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