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Adjournment of detention order hearing of “Ayman Mahmoud Abdel-Halim” and “Kholoud Saied Amer” to October 4

14 September 2021

Tuesday, September 14, The Council Chamber of the Criminal Court decided to adjourn the hearing of renewing the detention of “Ayman Mahmoud Abdel-Halim” and “Kholoud Saied Amer” pending Case No. 1017 of 2020, to October 4.

The court’s decision came due to the inability to transfer the defendants from their prison cells to attend the renewal hearing. It’s unpermissible to hold a session to renew the detention without the defendant’s presence. According to Article 136 of the Code of Criminal Procedure No. 150 of 1950, as amended by Law 145 of 2006.

The security forces arrested “Kholoud” on April 21, 2020, from her house in Alexandria, to appear before the Supreme State Security Prosecution after illegally disappearing for seven days, and decided to list her in case No. 558 of 2020.

Eight months later, she was released. Less than a month later, the Prosecution decided to detain her again, pending the current case with the exact old charges of joining a terrorist group and spreading false news.

17 August 2021 

The Council Chamber of the Criminal Court considered the detention order of “Kholoud Saied Mohamed Ibrahim Amer”, and ordered to renew her detention for 45 extra days, this came pending Case No. 1017 of 2020 Supreme State Security, The mentioned court considered the order to renew the defendant’s detention on August 17, 2021, in the presence of AFTE’s lawyer.

The security forces arrested “Kholoud” on April 21, 2020, from her home in Alexandria, to appear before the Supreme State Security Prosecution after illegally disappeared for 7 days, and decided to include her in case No. 558 of 2020, and she was released after 8 months, less than a month later, the Prosecution decided to detain her again pending the current case with the same old charges of joining a terrorist group and spreading false news.

6 July 2021

The Council Chamber of the Criminal Court had decided in Tuesday’s session July 6, 2021, held at Institute of Police Secretaries to renew the detention of both “Ayman Mahmoud Abdel-Halim” and “Kholoud Saied Amer” for 45 Days Pending Case No.1017 of 2020 Supreme State Security, on charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, using an account on social media to spread the false news.

It should be noted that “Ayman Mahmoud” was detained pending Case No. 12587 of 2018 Second Montaza administrative, and on December 12, 2020, a decision to release him was issued by the attorney general of Montaza prosecution office, after being held in pretrial detention for more than two years, which is the maximum period of pretrial detention according to the law.

And During the implementation of his release procedures, he disappeared from Montaza 2 police station on December 17, 2020, and he was detained unlawfully and in an unknown place to his family for about 29 days, till he was recycled in the current case.
30 May 2021

The council chamber of the criminal court, had decided on May 30, 2021 session to renew the detention of both “Ayman Mahmoud Abdel-Halim” and “Kholoud Saied Amer” for 45 Days Pending Investigations, into case No.1017 of 2020, on charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news by using a social media account.

It should be noted that “Ayman Mahmoud Abdel-Halim” was detained pending case No. 12587 of 2018 Montaza 2 administrator, and on December 12, 2020, a decision to release him was issued by the attorney general of Montaza prosecution office, after being kept in pretrial detention for more than two years, which is the maximum period of pretrial detention according to the law.

on December 17, 2020, during the implementation of his release procedures, he disappeared from Montaza 2 police station, and was detained unlawfully and in a place unknown to his family for about 29 days, till he was recycled in the current case.

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