AFTE’s Weekly Legal Bulletin (11: 18 December 2022)| The detention of 10 defendants including Manal Agrama renewed

Date : Monday, 19 December, 2022
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The Supreme State Security Prosecution

 

December 12 hearings: 

 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution renewed the detention of the journalist  Manal Agrama for 15 days in connection with case No. 1893 of 2020 (State Security). 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.

 

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, Adel Ahmed Soliman, and Mohamed Mostafa Abdel Qader for 15 days. 

The four defendants were 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 Ahmed Abdel Mageed Oraby for 15 days in connection with case No. 2094 of 2022 (Supreme State Security).

It’s noteworthy that Oraby lost one of his eyes on the clashes of Mohamed Mahmoud street; he was also detained for a year and a half in the case known in the media as Al-Ittihadiya Palace events. This time Oraby was arrested on November 6th; after publishing several posts on Facebook with his opinions regarding several economic and political decisions. Oraby faces charges of 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. 

 

Borg El-Arab Prosecution decided to renew 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 on November 2 after a security force stopped him at a police checkpoint in Alexandria, where they searched his mobile phone; he faces charges of joining a terrorist group and possessing publications that promote its ideas. 

 

On December 18, the Association for Freedom of Thoughts and Expression submitted two requests before the Supreme State Security Prosecution to release Mohamed Mahfouz Abdul Latif pending Case No. 2000 of 2021, and to  refer Abdul Latif to a pulmonologist and a nephrologist, as he can’t receive appropriate medical care for his condition.

 

Security forces arrested Abdul Latif in August 2021 from his workplace in Faggala, Cairo, and detained him illegally for two weeks before he was brought before the Supreme State Security Prosecution, which charged him with joining a terrorist group (Ultras White Knights), publishing false news and information, and using social media to spread the false information. 

 

December 18 Hearings: 

 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to renew the detention of Mohamed Raafat Nasr for 15 days in connection with case No. 1977 of 2022 (Supreme State Security). 

 

Security forces arrested Nasr on November 2; he was interrogated before the prosecution on November 7 and faces charges of joining a terrorist group, committing the crime of financing terrorism, using social media to call for a terrorist act, participating in a criminal agreement intended to commit a terrorist crime, incitement to commit a terrorist crime, publishing and spreading false news and information.

 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to renew the detention of lawyer Ahmed Nazeer El-Helw for 15 days in connection with case No. 1940 of 2022 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

 

El-Helw was arrested from his house on November 7; he was detained in an unknown place till, on November 13, he appeared before the prosecution; after the interrogations, he was charged with joining a terrorist group.

Criminal Courts

On December 12, The Criminal Court (Second Circuit) decided to renew the detention of  Ahmed Al-Tohamy, the assistant professor of political science at the Faculty of Economic Studies and Political Science at Alexandria University, for 45 days in connection with Case No. 649 of 2020 (Supreme State Security). Despite that Al-Tohamy exceeded the maximum period of pretrial detention stipulated in law. 

Al-Tohamy was arrested on June 3, 2020; he was subjected to enforced disappearance for 17 days until he was brought before the Supreme State Security Prosecution on June 20, which charged him with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and statements, and misusing social media.