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After more than 4 years in pretrial detention, Criminal Court renews Hamed Sedeek’s detention

Publish Date : Sunday, 21 June, 2020
Last Update : Wednesday, 14 February, 2024
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11 February 2024

The Criminal Court (Third Criminal and Terrorism Circuit) renewed Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 45 extra days, despite that Sedeek has been in custody for four years without bringing him to trial in order to prove the validity of the accusations against him, the same accusation brought against political activists without concrete evidence, namely joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and information and misusing social media.

The court’s decision came in connection with lawsuit No. 2207 of 2021 (Supreme State Security Prosecution), which is the second lawsuit where Sedeek is involved as a defendant. Sedeek’s arrest occurred on September 23, 2019; he was presented before the prosecution as a defendant pending the first lawsuit No. 1356 of 2019, and after three years in pretrial detention. The prosecution decided to release him; however, it re-accused him in the second lawsuit only a few days before his release. In order to practice “rotation” to keep him in prison for a longer period of time.

Last April, the security forces at Badr prison assaulted the 63 years old Sedeek by beating him with a stick and stomping his face with shoes when he refused to attend his detention order hearing as he was in a poor mental state because his wife passed away and for being rotated in another lawsuit after exceeding the legal period of pretrial detention. His fellow inmates at the prison ward, lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer, political activist Ahmed Doma, and Journalist Mohamed Oxygen, tried to defend him. They were all severely beaten, and the prison warden ordered to transfer them to the disciplinary ward wearing nothing but their underwear as they remained all day without food, drink, or medications till the following day. They were later detained in separate solitary cells without their belongings and deprived of exercise as punishment.

3 January 2024 

The Criminal Court (First Criminal and Terrorism Circuit) renewed Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 45 extra days, despite that Sedeek has been in custody for four years without bringing him to trial in order to prove the validity of the accusations against him, the same accusation brought against political activists without concrete evidence, namely joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and information and misusing social media.

The court’s decision came in connection with lawsuit No. 2207 of 2021 (Supreme State Security Prosecution), which is the second lawsuit where Sedeek is involved as a defendant. Sedeek’s arrest occurred on September 23, 2019; he was presented before the prosecution as a defendant pending the first lawsuit No. 1356 of 2019, and after three years in pretrial detention. The prosecution decided to release him; however, it re-accused him in the second lawsuit only a few days before his release. In order to practice “rotation” to keep him in prison for a longer period of time.

Last April, the security forces at Badr prison assaulted the 63 years old Sedeek by beating him with a stick and stomping his face with shoes when he refused to attend his detention order hearing as he was in a poor mental state because his wife passed away and for being rotated in another lawsuit after exceeding the legal period of pretrial detention. His fellow inmates at the prison ward, lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer, political activist Ahmed Doma, and Journalist Mohamed Oxygen, tried to defend him. They were all severely beaten, and the prison warden ordered to transfer them to the disciplinary ward wearing nothing but their underwear as they remained all day without food, drink, or medications till the following day. They were later detained in separate solitary cells without their belongings and deprived of exercise as punishment.

22 November 2023 

The Criminal Court renewed Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 45 extra days, despite that Sedeek has been in custody for four years without bringing him to trial in order to prove the validity of the accusations against him, the same accusation brought against political activists without concrete evidence, namely joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and information and misusing social media.

The court’s decision came in connection with lawsuit No. 2207 of 2021 (Supreme State Security Prosecution), which is the second lawsuit where Sedeek is involved as a defendant. Sedeek’s arrest occurred on September 23, 2019; he was presented before the prosecution as a defendant pending the first lawsuit No. 1356 of 2019, and after three years in pretrial detention. The prosecution decided to release him; however, it re-accused him in the second lawsuit only a few days before his release. In order to practice “rotation” to keep him in prison for a longer period of time.

Last April, the security forces at Badr prison assaulted the 63 years old Sedeek by beating him with a stick and stomping his face with shoes when he refused to attend his detention order hearing as he was in a poor mental state because his wife passed away and for being rotated in another lawsuit after exceeding the legal period of pretrial detention. His fellow inmates at the prison ward, lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer, political activist Ahmed Doma, and Journalist Mohamed Oxygen, tried to defend him. They were all severely beaten, and the prison warden ordered to transfer them to the disciplinary ward wearing nothing but their underwear as they remained all day without food, drink, or medications till the following day. They were later detained in separate solitary cells without their belongings and deprived of exercise as punishment.



9 October 2023 

The Criminal Court renewed Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 45 extra days, despite that Sedeek has been in custody for four years without bringing him to trial in order to prove the validity of the accusations against him, the same accusation brought against political activists without concrete evidence, namely joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and information and misusing social media.

The court’s decision came in connection with lawsuit No. 2207 of 2021 (Supreme State Security Prosecution), which is the second lawsuit where Sedeek is involved as a defendant. Sedeek’s arrest occurred on September 23, 2019; he was presented before the prosecution as a defendant pending the first lawsuit No. 1356 of 2019, and after three years in pretrial detention. The prosecution decided to release him; however, it re-accused him in the second lawsuit only a few days before his release. In order to practice “rotation” to keep him in prison for a longer period of time.

Last April, the security forces at Badr prison assaulted the 63 years old Sedeek by beating him with a stick and stomping his face with shoes when he refused to attend his detention order hearing as he was in a poor mental state because his wife passed away and for being rotated in another lawsuit after exceeding the legal period of pretrial detention. His fellow inmates at the prison ward, lawyer Mohamed El-Baqer, political activist Ahmed Doma, and Journalist Mohamed Oxygen, tried to defend him. They were all severely beaten, and the prison warden ordered to transfer them to the disciplinary ward wearing nothing but their underwear as they remained all day without food, drink, or medications till the following day. They were later detained in separate solitary cells without their belongings and deprived of exercise as punishment.


Despite exceeding three years in pretrial detention; Criminal Court renews Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 45 days

27 ِAugust 2023 

On August 27, Cairo Criminal Court (Third Circuit) decided to renew the detention of the doctor at the National Research Center, Hamed Sedeek, for 45 days pending investigations of lawsuit No. 2207 of 2021 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

Sedeek was arrested on September 23, 2019; he spent more than three years in pretrial detention pending the first case. After his release, he was rotated into this one with the exact previous charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and information, and misusing social media.

17 July 2023 

On July 17, Cairo Criminal Court (First Circuit) decided to renew the detetnion of the doctor at the National Research Center, Hamed Sedeek, for 45 days pending investigations of lawsuit No. 2207 of 2021 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

Sedeek was arrested on September 23, 2019; he spent more than three years in pretrial detention pending the first case. After his release, he was rotated into this one with the exact previous charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and information, and misusing social media.

9 May 2023

On May 9, Cairo Criminal Court (First Circuit) decided to renew Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 45 days pending investigations of lawsuit No. 2207 of 2021 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

Sedeek exceeded three years in pretrial detention and he complets his fourth year within a few months. Security forces arrested Sedeek from his house in September 2019 and the investigation authorities accused him of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media.

10 April 2023 “Supreme State Security Prosecution renews Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 15 days pending his second case” 

On April 10, the Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to renew the detention of Hamed Sedeek for 15 days pending investigations of case No. 2207 of 2021 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

A security force stormed the house of Sedeek, the doctor at the National Research Center, on September 23, 2019, and arrested him; he appeared before the prosecution as a convicted in the first case No. 1356 of 2019; his pretrial detention continued for more than two and a half years, afterward, the Supreme State Security Prosecution charged him in the current case in last September with the same accusations of the first case, which is joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and information, and misusing social media.

27 March 2023 “The Detention of Hamed Sedeek renewed for 15 days pending his second lawsuit” 

On March 27, the Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to renew the detention of Hamed Sedeek for 15 days pending investigations of his second lawsuit No. 2207 of 2021 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

Sedeek completes his fourth year in prison within a few months, of which he spent three years pending the first lawsuit. The Supreme State Security Prosecution accused him in the current lawsuit while he was in custody; he was also accused with the same accusations of the first lawsuit, which are joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and information, and misusing social media.

27 February 2023 “Supreme State Security Prosecution renews doctor Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 15 days” 

On February 27, the Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to renew the detention of the doctor at the National Research Center, Hamed Sedeek for 15 days, pending investigations of case No. 2207 of 2021 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

Sedeek was arrested on September 23, 2019, and is still in pretrial detention till now. Sedeek faces charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and information, and misusing social media.

13 February 2023 “Supreme State Security Prosecution renews doctor Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 15 days pending his second case” 

On February 13, the Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to renew the detention of Hamed Sedeek for 15 days, pending investigations of case No. 2207 of 2021 (Supreme State Security Prosecution). 

Sedeek spent more than three years in pretrial detention pending the first case. After his release, he was rotated into this one with the exact previous charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and information, and misusing social media.

Sedeek is 62 years old and a doctor at the National Research Center, he was arrested inside his house on September 23, 2019, and is still detained until today. 

31 January 2023 “Supreme State Security Prosecution renews doctor Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 15 days pending a new case” 

On January 31, the Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to renew the detention of Doctor Hamed Sedeek for 15 days, pending a new case that carried No. 2207 of 2021. 

The Supreme State Security Prosecution released Sedeek in December 2022 under the guarantee of his place of residence, pending case No. 1356 of 2019, after more than three years in pretrial detention. The prosecution also decided to rotate him in the current case with the exact previous charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and information, and misusing social media. 

19 December 2022 

On December 19, the Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to release the doctor at the National Research Center, Hamed Sedeek, under the guarantee of his place of residence pending case No. 1356 of 2019 (Supreme State Security) in which Sedeek spent 39 months in pretrial detention. 

Last week, the Supreme State Security Prosecution interrogated Sedeek in a new case that carried No. 2207 of 2021 and decided to detain him for 15 days, to begin after his release pending the first one, even though Sedeek has been in pretrial detention since September 2019 which requires his release, but “rotation” is a common practice used extensively by the authorities to keep political activists inside the prison.

Sedeek is 62 years old and faces charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media.

13 December 2022 “Hamed Sedeek rotated into new case after 3 years in pretrial detention” 

On December 13, the Supreme State Security Prosecution interrogated Hamed Sedeek and listed him into a new case that carried No. 2207 of 2021.

The prosecution also decided to detain Sedeek for 15 days that should begin after his release in connection with Case No. 1356 of 2019 (Supreme State Security), which he has been convicted of since September 2019. Instead of releasing him after exceeding the legal period of pretrial detention. 

Security forces arrested Sedeek from his house, the investigations authorities charged him with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media.

7 November 2022 “Criminal Court renews Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 45 days despite exceeding 3 years in pretrial detention” 

On November 7, the Criminal Court (the Council Chamber) at Badr Court decided to renew the detention of Hamed Sedeek for 45 days in connection with Case No. 1356 of 2019 (Supreme State Security), which he has been convicted of since September 2019. 

Security forces arrested Sedeek from his house, the investigations authorities charged him with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media, Sedeek’s detention comes in contravention with the Code of Criminal Procedures law, as the law stipulates that maximum period of pretrial detention pending the same case is two years. 

 

17 September 2022 “Criminal Court renews Hamed Sedeek’s detention, who will complete 3 years in pretrial detention within a few days for 45 days” 

On September 17, The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber) decided to renew the detention of Hamed Sedeek for 45 days in connection with Case No. 1356 of 2019 (Supreme State Security).

Sedeek was arrested on September 23, 2019, which means that there are no legal justifications for his continued detention, as Sedeek completes his third year in pretrial detention within a few days, and the Code of Criminal Procedure stipulates that the period of pretrial detention should not exceed two years.Sedeek faces charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media.

26 June 2022 “Despite exceeding more than two years and a half in pretrial detention; Criminal Court renews Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 45 days” 

On June 26, The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber) decided to renew the detention of Hamed Sedeek for 45 days in connection with Case No. 1356 of 2019 (Supreme State Security). The court’s decision to renew Sedeek’s detention violates the Code of Criminal Procedure which stipulates that the maximum period of pretrial detention is two years.

Sedeek was arrested on September 23, 2019, and he faces charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media.

15 May 2022  Criminal Court renews Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 45 days despite exceeding two years and a half in pretrial detention

On Sunday, May 15, The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber) decided to renew the detention of Hamed Sedeek for 45 days in connection with Case No. 1356 of 2019 (Supreme State Security).

Security forces arrested Sedeek from his house on September 23, 2019, Which means that he has exceeded the maximum period of pretrial detention according to the Code of Criminal Procedure which is two years.

Sedeek faces charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media.

30 March 2022 “Despite exceeding two years in pretrial detention; Criminal Court renews Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 45 days”

Yesterday, The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber) decided to renew the detention of Hamed Sedeek for 45 days, pending Case No. 1356 of 2019 (Supreme State Security).

Security forces arrested Sedeek from his house on September 23, 2019, Which means that he has exceeded the maximum period of pretrial detention according to the Code of Criminal Procedure which is two years.

Sedeek faces charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media.

26 February 2022 “Criminal Court renews Hamed Sedeek’s detention for 45 days”

On Saturday, February 26, The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber) decided to renew the detention of Hamed Sedeek for 45 days, pending Case No. 1356 of 2019 (Supreme State Security).

Sedeek is charged with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing a social media website. He was listed in the mentioned case after being arrested from his house on September 23, 2019. Despite exceeding two years which is the maximum period of pretrial detention; He’s still in pretrial detention.

6 December 2021

The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber) decided, on Monday, December 6, to renew the detention of Hamed Sedeek for 45 days, pending Case No. 1356 of 2019 (Supreme State Security).

Sedeek was arrested from his house on September 23, 2019, Which means that he has exceeded the maximum period of pretrial detention according to the Code of Criminal Procedure. The maximum period of pretrial detention is two years.

The investigations charged him with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing a social media website.

2 November 2021 

Tuesday, November 2, The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber) decided to renew the detention of Hamed Sedeek for 45 days, pending Case No. 1356 of 2019 (Supreme State Security).

On September 23, 2019, Sedeek was arrested from his house, Which means that he has exceeded the maximum period of pretrial detention according to the Code of Criminal Procedure. The period of pretrial detention should not exceed half of the penalty period.

Sedeek is facing charges of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media.

13 September 2021

The Council Chamber of the Criminal Court considered the detention order of “Hamed Sedeek” and ordered to extend it for 45 extra days; this came pending Case No. 1356 of 2019 Supreme State Security. The hearing was held on Monday, September 13, 2021.

“Sedeek” completes two years in pretrial detention within a few days, which is the maximum period of pretrial detention according to the Law of Legal Procedures, which necessitates his release.

Pretrial detention is described as a legal method practiced by the investigation authority or the competent court to guarantee that the defendant is reserved in a safe place until the case settles before the court and the charges against him.

The investigations charged them with joining terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing a social media website.

12 July 2021

The Council Chamber of the Criminal Court held at Institute of Police Secretaries, considered the detention order of “Hamed Sedeek”, and ordered to renew his detention for 45 extra days, this came pending Case No. 1356 of 2019 Supreme State Security, The mentioned court considered the order to renew the defendant detention on Monday, July 12, 2021, in the presence of AFTE’s lawyer.

“Sedeek” was arrested from his house on September 23, 2019, and his detention is still pending renewal till now.

The investigations charged them with joining terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing a social media website.

28 June 2021

The Council Chamber of the Criminal Court, had decided in its session held on Monday, June 28, 2021, at the Institute of Police Secretaries, to renew the detention of “Hamed Sedeek” for 45 days pending Case No. 1356 of 2019 Supreme State Security.

“Hamed” is accused of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media.

4 May 2021

The council chamber of the criminal court, had decided at its meeting held yesterday, May the 4th 2021, at the police secretary academy, to renew the detention of “Hamed Sedeek” for 45 days pending investigations into case No. 1356 of 2019, Supreme state security.

“Hamed” is accused of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media.
notably, he was previously on a partial hunger strike, due to the continued prevention of visits, and illegal pretrial detention, in addition to violating the provisions of the Constitution and the law and his rights represented in placing him in a supermax prison, which is a prison for the convicts and not for those who are held in pretrial detention.

 

6 April 2021

The council chamber of the criminal court, decided on its meeting held on Thursday, April the 6th, at the police secretary academy, to renew the detention of “Hamed Sedeek” for 45 days pending investigations into case No. 1356 of 2019, Supreme state security.

“Hamed” is accused of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media.

1 March 2021

The Criminal Court decided, in the March 1th session, to renew the detention of Hamed Sedeek for 45 days pending investigations into case No. 1356 of 2019, Supreme State Security, in which he is accused of joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misuse of social media.

27 July 2020

The Criminal Court decided, in the July 27th session, to renew the detention of lawyers, Mohamed Al-Baqer and Hamed Sedeek, and blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah for 45 days pending investigations into case No. 1356 of 2019, Supreme State Security.

21 Jun 2020

Yesterday, the Criminal Court (Fifth circuit/Terrorism) decided to renew the detention of lawyers, Mohamed Al-Baqer and Hamed Sedeek, for 45 days pending investigations into case No. 1356 of 2019, Supreme State Security. This is their third renewal of detention without their attendance from Tora Maximum Security Prison 2, and their fourth renewal of detention session, as one of the sessions was postponed.

The last session that Al-Baqer and Sedeek attended was on February 20, 2020, and since then they have not attended any of the renewal of detention sessions; they also did not have any communication with their lawyers. During this period, Al-Baqer sent only one letter from his prison, while Sedeek did not send any letters.

It is worth noting that Al-Baqer was detained while he was present before the Supreme State Security Prosecution to defend activist and blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah on September 29, 2019, and was included in the same case as Abdel-Fattah, no. 1356 of 2019, Supreme State Security.

The prosecution accused Al-Baqer and Sedeek with several accusations, among them, “joining a terrorist group knowing its objectives, financing that terrorist group, publishing and broadcasting false news and information, and misusing a social media account for the purpose of committing the crime of spreading false news.”

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