AFTE’s Weekly Legal Bulletin (27 November: 4 December 2022)| The detention of 11 defendants including Manal Agrama renewed; Administrative Judiciary Court decided to re-prosecute the appeal against dismissing detainee student Omar Ali from Thebes Higher Institute of Engineering on December 25

Date : Sunday, 4 December, 2022
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Prosecutions

November 28 hearings: 

 

Borg El-Arab Prosecution renewed the detention of Masters student Moaaz Rizk for 15 days, pending investigations of case No. 6777 of 2022 (Borg El-Arab Administrative). Rizk was arrested after he was forced to stop at a police checkpoint where they searched his mobile on November 2.

Rizk is charged with joining a terrorist group and possessing publications that promote its ideas. 

 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution also renewed the detention of Ahmed Abdel Mageed Oraby, who lost one of his eyes on the clashes of Mohamed Mahmoud street, for 15 days in connection with case No. 2094 of 2022 (Supreme State Security).

 

It’s noteworthy that Oraby was detained for a year and a half in the case known in the media as the Al-Ittihadiya Palace events. He was arrested again on November 6, against the backdrop of several Facebook posts in which the Supreme State Security Prosecution charged him with regarding his comments on certain political and economic events. He’s charged with joining a terrorist group with knowledge of its aims, committing the crime of financing terrorism, inciting to commit a terrorist crime, participating in the criminal agreement to commit a terrorist crime, spreading false news and information, and using an account on the Internet to commit a terrorist crime. 

 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution renewed the detention of  Ahmed Ragab Elsayed and Ahmed Nabil for 15 days in connection with case No. 2094 of 2022 (Supreme State Security).

 

Police forces arrested both Elsayed and Nabil against the backdrop of their solidarity in the November 11 demonstrations, as the police arrested Elsayed after he was stopped at El-bohoos metro station and searched his mobile phone, while Nabil was stopped in a street in Dokki and detained him after searching his mobile phone. 

 

The investigation authorities charged the two defendants with joining and financing a terrorist group with knowledge of its aims, participating in a criminal agreement aimed to commit a terrorist act, inciting a terrorist crime, spreading false news and information that would harm public security and order, through using a social media account. 

 

In a similar context, the Supreme State Security Prosecution renewed the detention of Gaber Mahmoud Badawy for 15 days in connection with investigations of case No. 1977 of 2022 (State Security). 

 

Police forces arrested the 48 years old Badawy from his house in  Sidi Bishr, Alexandria governorate, after posting a call for the November 11 demonstrations on Facebook. Badawy faces charges of joining and financing a terrorist group, spreading false news, incitement to commit a terrorist act, and participating in a criminal agreement intended to commit a terrorist act.

Due to the events accompanied to the calls of November 11 demonstrations, the Supreme State Security Prosecution renewed the detention of the deputy director of the Information Technology Department at Al-Akhbar newspaper, Yehia Elsayed Othman,  the nursing student at Ain Shams University, Islam Ramadan Kamel, 83 years old Adel Ahmed Soliman, and Mohamed Mostafa Abdel Qader for 15 days, in connection with investigations of case No. 1893 of 2022 (State Security).

 

Othman was arrested after posting a video on his Facebook profile about price hikes, while police forces arrested Adel Soliman for posting a video calling for the November 11 demonstrations. The four defendants are charged with joining and financing a terrorist group with their knowledge of its aims, inciting a terrorist act, promoting a terrorist act through social media, spreading false news, and participating in a criminal agreement intended to commit a terrorist act.

 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution renewed the detention of the journalist and former deputy editor-in-chief of the Radio and Television Magazine, Manal Agrama, for 15 days in connection with case No. 1893 of 2020 (State Security).

 

A police force arrested the 60 years old Agrama on November the 1st from her house at the journalist’s compound in the fifth settlement, New Cairo; Agrama faces charges of  joining and financing a terrorist group, inciting a terrorist act, participating in a criminal agreement aimed at committing a terrorist act, and using social media to promote a terrorist act. 

 

Criminal Courts

 

On November 27, the Criminal Court (the Council Chamber) renewed the detention of Wessam Salah for 45 days in connection with case No. 93 of 2022 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

A police force arrested Salah from his house in Alexandria on January 20; after interrogations, Salah was charged with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and information, and using a social media account to spread false news and information. 

 

State Council Courts

 

On November 27, The Administrative Judiciary Court (Sixth Circuit Educational) set next December 25 as a date to re-prosecute appeal No. 57029 of 74 filed by AFTE against both the Minister of Education and the Dean of Thebes Higher Institute for engineering in their capacity, challenging the decision to dismiss student Omar Mohamed Ali from Thebes Higher Institute of Engineering. 

 

The court’s decision came after the institute requested a response to the documents and defenses that AFTE’s lawyer presented; the appeal was filed in September 2020, after Ali was dismissed from Thebes Higher Institute of Engineering despite him going through compelling conditions represented in being detained in connection with Case No. 174 of 2015 (West Cairo Military Felonies). As Ali filed several requests to the institute’s administration to allow him to allow his studies inside his prison cell, his requests were denied, and later, he was dismissed from the institute for dropping out of his studies.