AFTE’s weekly legal bulletin (3: 10 July 2022)

Date : Sunday, 10 July, 2022
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The detention of TV presenter Hala Fahmy and six others renewed; Mostafa Gamal and three others were released.

 

Criminal Courts

 

On June 29, the Criminal Court (the Council Chamber) renewed the detention of Ahmed Adel Sultan and Fahmy Mohamed Mahmoud for 45 days in connection with Case No. 1480 of 2019 (Supreme State Security). Sultan and Mahmoud face charges of joining a terrorist group and spreading false news.

 

On July 4, Zagazig Criminal Court (Circuit Four) renewed the detention of Omar Mahmoud Al-Hout for 45 days in connection with Case No. 24978 of 2021 (Abo Hamad Misdemeanors).

The seventh case in which Al-Hout has been charged in since his arrest in 2014, against charges of joining a terrorist group and possessing publications promoting its ideas.

 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution

On July 4, the Supreme State Security Prosecution renewed the detention of journalist at Eldyar newspaper, Mohamed Fawzy Mosaad, for 15 days in connection with Case No. 440 of 2022 (State Security).

 

Mosaad was arrested on May 15 from his house in El-Omrania; he faces charges of joining a terrorist group and inciting a terrorist act.

 

July 6 hearings:

 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution renewed the detention of Wessam Salah for 15 days in connection with Case No. 93 of 2022 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

Wessam faces charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and using a social media account to spread the false news and statements. After his arrest o January 20, from his house in Alexandria.

 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution also renewed the detention of former Tv presenter at the National Media Authority Hala Fahmy, for 15 days, in connection with Case No. 441 of 2022 (Supreme State Security).

Fahmy faces charges of joining a terrorist group, incitement to commit a terrorist crime, and spreading false news domestically and abroad; these charges come against the backdrop of sharing videos on her Facebook profile.

 

In a similar context, the Supreme State Security Prosecution renewed the detention of El-Hussaini Farghaly for 15 days in connection with investigations of Case No. 330 of 2022 (State Security).

Farghly was arrested against the backdrop of posting videos about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on his Youtube channel; the investigations charged him with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and inciting a terrorist act.

 

July 7 hearings:

 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to release Mostafa Gamal under the guarantee of his place of residence in connection with Case No. 65 of 2021 (Supreme State Security). After more than four years in pretrial detention.

Mostafa was arrested in March 2018; he was rotated into three different cases with the exact charges that included joining a terrorist group with knowledge of its aims, creating an account on social media to spread false news for a terrorist purpose, and publishing and broadcasting false news and statements that would disturb public security and order.

 

And pending the same case, the Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to release both Hussein Ali Hussein and Nour Al-Din Shaker under the guarantee of their place of residence.

Shaker and Hussein faced charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing an account on social media to spread false news.

 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution also decided to release Mahmoud Ahmed Abel El-Dayem, under his place of residence guarantee, in connection with Case No. 2000 of 2021 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

Abel El-Dayem was arrested last August; he appeared for the first time before the Supreme State Security Prosecution on September 6, which in turn charged him with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and using an account on social media to spread the false news.

 

District Courts

 

On July 4, Belbes Court (Misdemeanor Terrorism Circuit) set next July 18 as a date to adjudicate Case No. 3886 of 2022 (Mashtool El Souk misdemeanor), in which Engineering student at Misr University For Science And Technology, Abdel-Rahman Magdy Mohamed El-Attar is convicted.

El-Attar faces charges of joining a terrorist group and possessing publications that promote its ideas.

 

State Council Courts

On July 5, the Administrative Judiciary Court (Circuit 17) set appeal No. 61520 of 75 filed by the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and Arabic Network for Human Rights Information on behalf of Manar Al-Tantawy for adjudication at next August 30 hearing.

The appeal was filed challenging the negative decision not to grant Al-Tantawi the professorship despite her fulfilling all the technical and procedural conditions, in addition to the dean’s refusal Al-Tantawi’s return to her official position as the head of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

 

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