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Renewing the Detention of Activist “Mohamed Salah”, “Ahmed Fathy”, “Ahmed Yousry”, and “Khaled Elsayed” for 45 Days Pending Investigations

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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