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Criminal Court orders 45 Extra Days of Detention for “Mohamed Salah” and “Ahmed Yousry Ghaly”

11 July 2021

Cairo Criminal Court “The Third Circuit Terrorism” considered the detention order of both “Mohamed Salah Abdel Aziz” and “Ahmed Yousry Ghaly”, and ordered to renew the detention for 45 extra days, this came pending Case No. 855 of 2020 Supreme State Security, and also extended the precautionary measures for “Khaled Elsayed Elbadawy” and “Ahmed Fathy Massoud” pending the same case, The mentioned court considered the order to renew the defendants’ detention on Sunday, July 11, 2021, in the presence of AFTE’s lawyer.

The security forces arrested “Mohamed Salah” in November 2019, as he was accompanied by the activist “Esraa Abdel-Fatah” during the incident of her arrest in October of the same year, and he continued to write about the incident and call for her release on Social media, and Similar to What happened with “Mohamed Salah”, the security forces broke into the house of engineer and former member of the Al-Dostor Party “Ahmed Yousry Ghaly” on August 25, 2020, against the background of publishing a Facebook post, and their detention is still pending renewal till now.

The investigations charged them with joining and financing a terrorist group and spreading false news through using a social media account.

29 June 2021

Cairo Criminal Court (The Third Circuit Terrorsim), had decided in Tuesday’s session, June 29, 2021, to renew the detention of both “Mohamed Salah Abdel Aziz” and “Ahmed Yousry Ghaly” for 45 days pending Case No. 855 of 2020 Supreme State Security, and to extend the precautionary measures of “Khaled Elsayed Elbadawy” and “Ahmed Fathy Massoud” for 45 days pending the same case.

After they were charged with joining and financing a terrorist group, publishing false news and statements by using a social media account.

13 June 2021

Cairo Criminal Court (The Third Circuit Terrorsim”, had decided at Sunday’s session, June 13, 2021, to renew the detention of both “Mohamed Salah” and “Ahmed Yousry Ghaly” for 45 days pending Case No. 855 of 2020 Supreme State Security, and also to replace the pretrial detention with precautionary measures for “Ahmed Fathy Massoud”, and to extend the precautionary measures of “Khaled Elsayed Elbadawy” for 45 days, pending the same case.

After they were charged with joining and financing a terrorist group, publishing false news and statements by using a social media account.

13 June 2021

The Council Chamber of The Criminal Court, had decided on Sunday’s session June 13, 2021, to renew the detention of both “Mohamed Mamdouh Abdel Halim” and “Zeyad Abou El-Fadl” for 45 Days Pending Investigations of Case No. 855 of 2020 Supreme State Security.

They were charged with joining a terrorist group, publishing and broadcasting false news and statements, using a social media account for the purpose of publishing and broadcasting false news and statements.

It should be noted that the Criminal Court had decided to release “Zeyad Abou El-Fadl” with precautionary measures, who had been detained pending Case No. 1739 of 2018, also a judgment had been issued to release “Mohamed Mamdouh Abdel Halim” with precautionary measures pending Case No. 1331 of 2019, however, the judgment was not implemented, until they were presented before the Supreme State Security Prosecution in Case No. 855 of 2020 Supreme State Security.

18 May 2021

Cairo Criminal Court, the third circuit (terrorism), had decided to postpone the hearing on the renewal on the detention of activist “Mohamed Salah Abdel Aziz”, “Ahmed Fathy Massoud”, and “Ahmed Yousry Ghaly”, which was supposed to be held on Thursday 16 May 2021, to Sunday 13 June 2021, due to the national holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

Salah is charged with joining and financing a terrorist group, spreading false news using social media, pending case No. 855 of 2020 supreme state security, and notably, He wasn’t allowed to attend the last two sessions.

27 April 2021

Cairo criminal court, (The Third Circuit terrorism), decided to renew the detention of “Mohamed Salah Abdel Aziz”, “Ahmed Fathy Massoud”, “Ahmed Yousry Ghaly”, and “Khaled Elsayed Elbadawy”, for 45 days pending investigations into case No. 855 of 2020, Supreme State Security.

It is also noteworthy that “Salah” didn’t attend the hearing of renewing his detention, and while the defense requested his presence, their request was rejected by the head of the court, and accordingly, the defense requested to refer the case to another circuit to look into renewing his detention as the hearing was invalidated due to the defendant’s absence, which violates the provisions of Articles 136, 142 and 143 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
16 March 2021

The Third Circuit (Criminal / Terrorism), decided to renew the detention of “Mohamed Salah Abdel Aziz”, “Ahmed Fathy Massoud”, “Ahmed Yousry Ghaly”, and “Khaled Elsayed Elbadawy”, for 45 Days pending investigations into case No. 855 of 2020, Supreme State Security, the court has also decided to replace the pre-trial detention with a precautionary measure for “Islam Ahmed Samak” who is also being held pending the same mentioned case.

It is also noteworthy that “Salah” wasn’t brought from his jail cell to attend the trial session, the activist is facing charges of joining and financing a terrorist group, and spreading false news on social media.

24 August 2021

The Supreme State Security Prosecution decided yesterday, August 24, to detain activist Mohamed Salah Abdel Aziz for 15 days pending investigations into case no. 855 of 2020 Supreme State Security, in which he faces charges of joining a terrorist group, financing that group, and publishing false news and information using an account on social media.

It is noteworthy that Salah was imprisoned pending case no. 488 of 2019 Supreme State Security. On July 19, 2020, the First Circuit/Terrorism decided to replace remand detention with precautionary measures, and the prosecution did not appeal the decision.

Indeed, he was transferred from Tora Prison to the Dar Al-Salam Police Department to complete the procedures for his release. He remained detained since the court’s decision until yesterday, when he was brought before the Supreme State Security Prosecution, which decided to imprison him pending a new case.

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