AFTE’s Weekly Legal Bulletin (14: 21 August 2022) | The detention of 11 defendants including TV presenter Hala Fahmy and Marwa Arafa renewed; Administrative Judiciary Court to examine the two lawsuits demanding broadcasting the sessions of the house of representatives and the Senate on October 23

Date : Sunday, 21 August, 2022
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The detention of 11 defendants including TV presenter Hala Fahmy and Marwa Arafa renewed; Administrative Judiciary Court to examine the two lawsuits demanding broadcasting the sessions of the house of representatives and the Senate on October 23

 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution

August 15 hearings: 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution renewed the detention of the Journalist at Eldyar newspaper, Mohamed Fawzy Mosaad, for 15 days, in connection with Case No. 440 of 2022 (State Security). In which he’s charged with joining a terrorist group and inciting a terrorist act, against the backdrop of sharing Facebook posts. 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution also renewed the detention of the student at the faculty of commerce, El-Amir Fahim Ahmed, for 15 days, in connection with Case No. 440 of 2022 (State Security).

Ahmed faces charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and using a social media account to commit a crime. Against the backdrop of posting videos on TikTok.

In a similar context, the Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to renew the detention of four students: Anas Mahmoud Zahran, Karim Mohamed Refaat, Mazen Reda, and Eslam Nagdy for 15 days in connection with Case No. 440 of 2022.

On July 4, Security forces arrested the four students against the backdrop of participating in a parody event called “the battle of Batman in Helwan,” they face charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and inciting a terrorist act.

On August 17, The Supreme State Security Prosecution renewed the detention of Tv presenter Hala Fahmy, for 15 days, in connection with Case No. 441 of 2022 (Supreme State Security). For the 9th time since her arrest on April 24. 

Fahmy was arrested after she posted videos on her Facebook profile regarding the Egyptian economy. She faces charges of joining a terrorist group, incitement to commit a terrorist crime, and spreading false news domestically and abroad.

On August 18, South Sharqia Prosecution decided to detain Mossab Ragab Ibrahim Arafat for 15 days in connection with lawsuit No. 8185 of 2022 (Belbis Misdemeanor).

Arafat was rotated into the current case after he executed a sentence of two years in prison pending another one. He faces charges of joining a terrorist group and possessing and promoting publications.

 

Criminal Court 

On August 16, Zagazig Criminal Court (the Council Chamber) renewed the detention of Omar Mahmoud Al-Hout for 45 days in connection with Case No. 24978 of 2021 (Abo Hamad Misdemeanors).

Al-Hout was arrested in 2014, against the backdrop of participating in a demonstration at Zagazig University while studying at the Faculty of Pharmacy back then, after his arrest; he’s been involved in seven different lawsuits with the exact charges that included joining a terrorist group and possessing publications that promote its ideas.

August 20 hearings: 

The Criminal Court (First Terrorism Circuit) renewed the detention of Amr Abdel-Moneim for 45 days in connection with Case No. 930 of 2019 (Supreme State Security). Known in the media as “the Alliance of Hope Case.” Abdel-Moneim faces charges of joining a terrorist group and spreading false news.

The Criminal Court (Third Terrorism Circuit) renewed the detention of translator Marwa Arafa for 45 days in connection with Case No. 570 of 2020 (Supreme State Security). In which she’s been convicted since April 2020, Arafa faces several charges, including joining a terrorist group with knowledge of its purposes and committing a financing crime for a terrorist purpose.

State Council Courts

On August 13, the Administrative Judiciary Court decided to adjourn the examination hearing of the two lawsuits filed by AFTE demanding broadcasting of the sessions of the house of representatives and the Senate to next October 23 for pleading. 

AFTE filed the two lawsuits in May 2021, Challenging the negative decision not to broadcast the parliamentary sessions on television and digital platforms or publish them in the Official Gazette against the House of Representatives and the Senate speakers in their capacity.

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