Family and Supporters of Dissident Army Officers Gather in Tahrir Ahead of Trial

Yesterday in Tahrir Square, supporters of dissident army officers Major Ahmed Shuman, Major Amr Metwally and Major Tamer Badr – as well as the family of Major Shuman – rallied to draw attention to the soldiers plight ahead of their military trials, which are due to be held this coming Wednesday, 11 Jan. With the Egyptian press unable to speak freely on this issue, and the foreign press largely uninterested, it seems likely they will face a similar fate to the other officers who joined the square – lengthy prison sentences.

A woman who was taking part in the protest. An eye-patch is just visible through her niqab, she told me that it had been injured along with her leg during clashes in Tahrir

Major Shuman's wife Mona Salah (fore), and his sister Mona Ali Shuman (back)

Friends and Family of Major Ahmad Shuman

Major Shuman's Daughter Miriam, holding a photo of her father


About Austin G. Mackell

I am a freelance journalist who has worked for a variety of corporate and community outlets from my hometown of Sydney and from the Middle East, including from Lebanon during Israels 2006 invasion and from Iran during the tumultuous presidential elections there in 2009. I have recently moved to Cairo to watch the revolutions in Arab world unfold.
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