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After more than three years in pretrial detention; Belal Abdel Razek released under guarantee of his place of residence

Publish Date : Thursday, 10 December, 2020
Last Update : Friday, 9 September, 2022
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9 September 2022 

Today, the Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to release Belal Abdel Razek under the guarantee of his place of residence after three years in pretrial detention in connection with Case No. 488 of 2019 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

 

Abdel Razek was arrested in March 2019 for participating in a protest in Alexandria; he faced charges of joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, and misusing social media to achieve that goal.

7 August 2022 “Despite exceeding 3 years in pretrial detention; criminal Court renews Belal Abdel Razek’s detention for 45 days” 

On August 7, The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber) decided to renew the pretrial detention of Belal Abdel Razek for 45 days in connection with Case No. 488 of 2019 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

Abdel Razek exceeded the 24 months legal pretrial detention period stipulated by the Criminal Procedure Code, as on the 1st of March 2019, a security force arrested him.

Abdel Razek faces charges of joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, and misusing social media to achieve that goal.

26 June 2022 “Despite exceeding more than three years in pretrial detention; Criminal Court renews Belal Abdel Razek’s detention for 45 days” 

On June 26, The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber) decided to renew the detention of Belal Abdel Razek for 45 days in connection with Case No. 488 of 2019 (Supreme State Security Prosecution). Which he’s been charged in since March 2019.

Abdel Razek was arrested for his participation in a protest in Alexandria; he faces charges of joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, and misusing social media to achieve that goal.

It should be noted that the Code of Criminal Procedure stipulates that the maximum period of pretrial detention is two years, thus, renewing Abdel Razek’s detention is a violation of law, and he should be released.

15 May 2022 Despite exceeding three years in pretrial detention; Criminal Court renews Belal Abdel Razek’s detention for 45 days

On Sunday, May 15, The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber) decided to renew the detention of Belal Abdel Razek for 45 days in connection with Case No. 488 of 2019 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

Abdel Razek was arrested in March 2019 for his participation in a protest in Alexandria; he also exceeded three years in pretrial detention pending the same case. According to the Code of Criminal Procedure, the maximum period of pretrial detention is two years.

Abdel Razek faces charges of joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, and misusing social media to achieve that goal.

30 March 2022 “Despite exceeding three years in pretrial detention; Criminal Court renews Belal Abdel Razek’s detention for 45 days”

Yesterday, The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber) decided to renew the detention of Belal Abdel Razek for 45 days, in connection with Case No. 488 of 2019 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

Abdel Razek was arrested on March 1st, 2019, thus he exceeded three years in pretrial detention pending the same case, and according to the Code of Criminal Procedure, the maximum period of pretrial detention is two years.

Abdel Razek faces charges of joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, misusing social media to achieve that goal.

26 February 2022  “Criminal Court renews Belal Abdel Razek’s detention for 45 days”

On Saturday, February 26, The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber) decided to renew the detention of Belal Abdel Razek for 45 days, in connection with Case No. 488 of 2019 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

The events of Abdel Razek’s detentions date back to a plainclothes police force that arrested him on 1 March 2019 for his participation in a protest in Alexandria. He faces charges of joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, misusing social media to achieve that goal.

7 December 2021

The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber), on Tuesday, December 7, decided to renew the detention of Belal Abdel Razek for 45 days, in connection with Case No. 488 of 2019 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

Abdel Razek completes his third year in pretrial detention in a few months. It is worth noting that according to the Code of Criminal Procedure, the maximum period of pretrial detention is two years.

The Criminal Court also decided to renew the precautionary measures imposed on Mohamed Gaber Soliman El-Masry since his release, which is handing himself over to the police station in his neighborhood once a week.

Both were arrested in 2019, the investigations charged him with joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, misusing social media to achieve that goal.

24 October 2021

Sunday, October 24, The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber) ruled to renew the detention of Belal Abdel Razek for 45 days, into case No. 488 of 2019 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

The renewal decision came across that Abdel Razek exceeded the maximum period of pretrial detention according to the Code of Criminal Procedure, as security forces in civilian clothes arrested him on March 1, 2019, against the background of participating in a vigil in the area of Mohamed Naguib in Alexandria.

The investigations charged him with joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, misusing social media to achieve that goal.

24 October 2021

Sunday, October 24, The Criminal Court (The Council Chamber) decided to release Mohamed Gaber Soliman El-Masry, in connection with Case No. 488 of 2019 Supreme State Security Prosecution.

The release order came with imposing a form of precautionary measures regulated by the Code of Criminal Procedure, in Article (201) of Law No. 150 of 1950, which defines the forms of precautionary measures, either obligating the defendant not to leave his home or country, handing himself over to the police station at particular times, or prohibiting the defendant from visiting specific places.

Soliman, a member of the High Committee of the “Strong Egypt” Party, was arrested on September 25, 2019, from his workplace in the 10th of Ramadan City. The investigations charged him with joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, misusing social media to achieve that goal.

19 September 2021 

The Council Chamber of the Criminal Court considered the detention order of both “Belal Abdel Razek” and “Mohamed Gaber Soliman” and ordered to extend it for 45 extra days; this came pending Case No. 488 of 2019 Supreme State Security.

The hearing was held on Sunday, September 19, 2021, which was supposed to take place last week. Nevertheless, It was adjourned due to the inability to transfer the defendants from their prison cells.

“Abdel Razek” exceeded two years in pretrial detention, which is the maximum period according to the law, which requires his release, while “Soliman” completes two years next month.

Notably, there are alternatives to the pretrial detention prescribed by law No. 145 of 2006, represented in compel the defendant not to leave his home or country, obligate the defendants to present himself before the police headquarters at specific times, or banning the defendant from frequenting particular places. Known as “Precautionary measures.”

The prosecution charged them with joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, misusing social media to achieve that goal.

12 September 2021

Yesterday, The Council Chamber of the Criminal Court, decided to adjourn the hearing of renewing the detention of “Belal Abdel Razek” and “Mohamed Gaber Soliman”, pending Case No. 488 of 2019, to September 19.

The court’s decision came due to the inability to transfer the defendants from their prison cells to attend the renewal hearing.

It is worth noting that the defendant’s absence invalidates the renewal hearing, as the law stressed the necessity for the defendant to attend his detention renewal hearing, in order to respond and defend himself from the justifications that the investigation body can provide to extend his detention.

 According to Article 136 of the Code of Criminal Procedure No. 150 of 1950, as amended by Law 145 of 2006, that states “Before issuing a detention order, the investigating judge must hear the Prosecution’s statement and the defendant’s defense”.

Notably, both the defendants were arrested in 2019 and they were held in pretrial detention until now.

11 July 2021

The Council Chamber of the Criminal Court considered the detention order of both “Belal Abdel Razek” and “Mohamed Gaber Soliman El-Masry”, and ordered to renew their detention for 45 extra days, this came pending Case No. 488 of 2019 Supreme State Security, The mentioned court considered the order to renew the defendants’ detention on Sunday, July 11, 2021, in the presence of AFTE’s lawyer.

Both of the defendants were arrested in 2019, and their detention is still pending renewal till now. The investigations charged them with joining and promoting a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media to achieve that aim.

14 June 2021

The Council Chamber of the Criminal Court, had decided at Monday’s session, June 14, 2021, to renew the detention of both “Belal Abdel Razek” and “Mohamed Gaber Soliman El-Masry” for 45 days, pending investigations of case No. 488 of 2019 Supreme State Security.

The prosecution charged them with joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, misusing social media to achieve that goal.

Notably, both the defendants were arrested in 2019 and they were held in pretrial detention until now.

6 June  2021

The council chamber of the criminal court, had decided at yesterday’s session, June 6, 2021, held at the Institute of Police Secretaries in Tura, to renew the detention of both “Belal Abdel Razek” and “Mohamed Gaber Soliman El-Masry” for 45 days, pending investigations of case No. 488 of 2019 Supreme State Security.

The prosecution charged them with joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, misusing social media to achieve that goal.

Notably, both the defendants were arrested in 2019 and they were held in pretrial detention until now.

29 March 2021

The council chamber of the criminal court, held in the police institute, has decided at its meeting on Monday 29 March 2021, to renew the detention of both “Belal Abdel Razek” and “Mohamed Gaber Soliman El-Masry” for 45 days, in Case No. 488 of 2019 Supreme State Security.

The prosecution charged them with: joining a terrorist group and promoting its aims, spreading false news, misusing social media to achieve these goals.

Notably, both Belal and Mohamed had been detained since 2019.

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