AFTE’s Weekly Legal Bulletin (26 May: 2 June 2024)| Former Presidential Candidate Ahmed Tantawy Arrested; 4 Defendants Detention Renewed; and T-shirt Detainee Released

Date : Monday, 3 June, 2024


26 May 2024


Mahmoud Muhammad Ahmed Hussein, known as the “T-shirt Detainee,” arrived at his home on Sunday, May 26, 2024, more than a month after the court decided to release him before he was unlawfully detained at the Khanka Police Department.


On April 23, 2024, the Criminal Court decided to postpone the hearing of Mahmoud’s case until June 26, 2024, and to release him with a financial guarantee of 10,000 pounds.

The financial guarantee was paid the day after the decision, but Mahmoud was transferred from a detention center to another at the end of April. 

Lastly, he was detained in the Khanka department before disappearing to an unknown location, and the department denied his responsibility. 


In August 2023, Hussein was arrested in an ambush in Giza Governorate, in implementation of the verdict in absentia issued against him from the Emergency State Security Court in 2018 to life imprisonment in lawsuit No. 37883 of 2017 against charges of possession of firecrackers, which is the same case for which he was imprisoned for more than two years.


The events of the lawsuit date back to January 25, 2014, when the Al-Marg police forces arrested him when he was 17 years old, issued a report No. 715 of 2014, and referred him to the public prosecution office, which charged him with “joining a group established in violation of the provisions of the law, incitement and participating in demonstrations and possessing firecrackers.” He was released in March 2016.


State Security Prosecution


The State Security Prosecution renewed the detention of student Zyad Muhammad Ahmed Al-Basiouni for 15 days pending investigations in Case No. 1941 of 2024 State Security on charges of joining a terrorist group and spreading false news.

He was arrested due to his participation in writing a statement on behalf of the “Students for Palestine” group demanding facilitating the Joining of Palestinian students in Egypt to study and exempting them from expenses.

On April 30, Al-Basyouny attended a meeting with other students to discuss the situation in Palestine. They also established a student group that was supportive of Palestine in all Egyptian universities, and they chose the name “Students for Palestine” for their group.

Al-Basyouny was arrested from his home at dawn on May 9, disappeared in an unknown location, and was interrogated regarding his family’s political activity, as well as his student activities.

The group also issued a statement in which they called on the Ministry of Higher Education to ban products that support the Israeli occupation.

Al-Basyouny is a 20-year-old student at the Acting Institute.


27 May 2024 Sessions


Court of Appeal

Former presidential candidate Ahmed Mohamed Ramadan Al-Tantawy was arrested after the Court of Appeal accepted his appeal along with 22 members of his electoral campaign in form and in substance. It decided to confirm the ruling against their one-year imprisonment in Case No. 16336 of 2023, Matareya misdemeanors, which are popular as electoral process papers.

On 6 February 2024, The Matareya Misdemeanor Court ruled to imprison Ahmed Muhammad Ramadan Al-Tantawy and his presidential campaign manager, Muhammad Musa Abu Al-Diyar, for one year with a bail of 20,000 pounds for each of them to suspend execution until appeal, and one year’s imprisonment for 21 of the other defendants in the case. The court also ruled to ban Ahmed Al-Tantawy from running for parliamentary elections for a period of 5 years.

The court has charged El-Tantawy and his campaign manager with Participating through incitement and agreement, supplying the twenty-one other defendants with one of the electoral process papers (Form No. 4), printing and circulating it without the permission of the competent authority, and charging the rest of the defendants with printing and circulating an electoral process paper (Form No. 4) without a license.


Criminal Court

The Criminal Court (Third Circuit) renewed the detention of Ahmed Al-Tohamy, an assistant professor of political science at the Faculty of Economic Studies and Political Science at Alexandria University, for 45 days pending investigations of lawsuit No. 649 of 2020 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

Al-Tohamy was arrested on June 3, 2020, and remained under enforced disappearance at a National Security headquarters in Cairo for 17 days. The prosecution’s investigations with Al-Tohamy focused on the accusations of collaborating with the Egyptian activist Mohamed Sultan, who resides in the United States, in the case Sultan filed against the former Prime Minister Hazem Al-Beblawy. Al-Tohamy denied these accusations before the Prosecution and stated that his security targeting was due to his academic research on the Arab Spring revolutions.

The prosecution accused Al-Tohamy of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media.


Supreme State Security Prosecution 


-The Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to renew the detention of Muhammad Taha Abdel Mawjoud Taha for 15 days, pending investigations in Case No. 2526 of 2023 (Supreme State Security).

On 10 March 2024, Taha was arrested while returning from work outside the country to spend a vacation with his family.

Taha was presented to the Supreme State Security Prosecution on 11 March 2024. He was investigated in the case on charges of joining a terrorist group, publishing and broadcasting false news and data that would harm security and public order, and using an account on social media networks for the purpose of publishing and broadcasting false news and data, before deciding to detain him pending investigation.


-The Supreme State Security Prosecution renewed the detention of Mahmoud Nasser Ali Suleiman for 15 days pending investigations in Case No. 1410 of 2024 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

On May 1, 2024, Suleiman was arrested from a street in Ismailia Governorate and remained unlawfully detained until May 4, 2024, when he was presented to the prosecution, which charged him with joining a terrorist group while knowing its purposes and publishing and broadcasting false news and statements that may harm security and public order, and use an account on social media to publish and broadcast false news.

Suleiman was not confronted with any posts on social media indicating that he had published any news.


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