"The 10-month detention of blogger Maikel Nabil came to an end on Saturday after Egypt’s de facto ruler Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi ordered the release of 1959 prisoners who were convicted by military courts.Nabil was arrested in March on charges of insulting the military after writing a blog post entitled “The army and the people were never one hand”, one month after the military junta assumed power following the ouster of autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak.
He was initially sentenced to three years in prison but the verdict was later trimmed to two years following a retrial.
Nabil went on hunger strike in August 2011 in protest at his imprisonment by the army, consuming only juice and milk. This escalated on 18 December as he refused all forms of nourishment before neding his strike on 31 December." (Hatem Maher)