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Criminal Court orders to extend the detention of “Belal Abed-Razek” and “Mohamed Gaber Soliman” for 45 days

19 September 2021 

The Council Chamber of the Criminal Court considered the detention order of both “Belal Abdel Razek” and “Mohamed Gaber Soliman” and ordered to extend it for 45 extra days; this came pending Case No. 488 of 2019 Supreme State Security.

The hearing was held on Sunday, September 19, 2021, which was supposed to take place last week. Nevertheless, It was adjourned due to the inability to transfer the defendants from their prison cells.

“Abdel Razek” exceeded two years in pretrial detention, which is the maximum period according to the law, which requires his release, while “Soliman” completes two years next month.

Notably, there are alternatives to the pretrial detention prescribed by law No. 145 of 2006, represented in compel the defendant not to leave his home or country, obligate the defendants to present himself before the police headquarters at specific times, or banning the defendant from frequenting particular places. Known as “Precautionary measures.”

The prosecution charged them with joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, misusing social media to achieve that goal.

12 September 2021

Yesterday, The Council Chamber of the Criminal Court, decided to adjourn the hearing of renewing the detention of “Belal Abdel Razek” and “Mohamed Gaber Soliman”, pending Case No. 488 of 2019, to September 19.

The court’s decision came due to the inability to transfer the defendants from their prison cells to attend the renewal hearing.

It is worth noting that the defendant’s absence invalidates the renewal hearing, as the law stressed the necessity for the defendant to attend his detention renewal hearing, in order to respond and defend himself from the justifications that the investigation body can provide to extend his detention.

 According to Article 136 of the Code of Criminal Procedure No. 150 of 1950, as amended by Law 145 of 2006, that states “Before issuing a detention order, the investigating judge must hear the Prosecution’s statement and the defendant’s defense”.

Notably, both the defendants were arrested in 2019 and they were held in pretrial detention until now.

11 July 2021

The Council Chamber of the Criminal Court considered the detention order of both “Belal Abdel Razek” and “Mohamed Gaber Soliman El-Masry”, and ordered to renew their detention for 45 extra days, this came pending Case No. 488 of 2019 Supreme State Security, The mentioned court considered the order to renew the defendants’ detention on Sunday, July 11, 2021, in the presence of AFTE’s lawyer.

Both of the defendants were arrested in 2019, and their detention is still pending renewal till now. The investigations charged them with joining and promoting a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media to achieve that aim.

14 June 2021

The Council Chamber of the Criminal Court, had decided at Monday’s session, June 14, 2021, to renew the detention of both “Belal Abdel Razek” and “Mohamed Gaber Soliman El-Masry” for 45 days, pending investigations of case No. 488 of 2019 Supreme State Security.

The prosecution charged them with joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, misusing social media to achieve that goal.

Notably, both the defendants were arrested in 2019 and they were held in pretrial detention until now.

6 June  2021

The council chamber of the criminal court, had decided at yesterday’s session, June 6, 2021, held at the Institute of Police Secretaries in Tura, to renew the detention of both “Belal Abdel Razek” and “Mohamed Gaber Soliman El-Masry” for 45 days, pending investigations of case No. 488 of 2019 Supreme State Security.

The prosecution charged them with joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, misusing social media to achieve that goal.

Notably, both the defendants were arrested in 2019 and they were held in pretrial detention until now.

29 March 2021

The council chamber of the criminal court, held in the police institute, has decided at its meeting on Monday 29 March 2021, to renew the detention of both “Belal Abdel Razek” and “Mohamed Gaber Soliman El-Masry” for 45 days, in Case No. 488 of 2019 Supreme State Security.

The prosecution charged them with: joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, misusing social media to achieve these goals.

Notably, both Belal and Mohamed had been detained since 2019.

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