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Criminal court renews the detention of student Ahmed El-Toukhy for 45 days in his second case

Publish Date : Sunday, 20 June, 2021
Last Update : Sunday, 21 April, 2024
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17 April 2024

The Cairo Criminal Court (Third Circuit Terrorism) decided to renew the detention of student Ahmed Khaled El-Toukhy for 45 days pending trial no. 955 of 2020 Supreme State Security.

El-Toukhy is charged with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and statements that could disturb public security and order, and using a social media account, “Facebook,” to spread false news and information.

It should be noted that he had a release order from the Criminal Court on March 21, 2021, pending Case No. 532 of 2021 Shibin Al Qanater misdemeanor on the same charges, but that order wasn’t implemented, and he was unjustly detained in an unknown place for his family and lawyers until he was presented before the prosecution after 3 months, who ordered to detain him in the current case.

Based on a phone call, el-Toukhy was arrested after he headed to the National Security Premises on September 26, 2020. Then, he didn’t appear until January 12, 2021, before the Shebin Elkom Prosecution decided to detain him. 

4 March 2024: After more than 3 years in pre-trial detention Criminal court renews the detention of student Ahmed El-Toukhy for 45 days

The Cairo Criminal Court (First Circuit Terrorism) decided to renew the detention of student Ahmed Khaled El-Toukhy for 45 days pending trial no. 955 of 2020 Supreme State Security.

El-Toukhy is charged with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and statements that could disturb public security and order, and using a social media account, “Facebook,” to spread false news and information.

Based on a phone call, el-Toukhy was arrested after he headed to the National Security Premises on September 26, 2020. Then, he didn’t appear until January 12, 2021, before the Shebin Elkom Prosecution decided to detain him. 

December 6, 2023

The Cairo Criminal Court (First Circuit Terrorism) decided to renew the detention of student Ahmed Khaled El-Toukhy for 45 days pending trial no. 955 of 2020 Supreme State Security.

El-Toukhy is charged with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and statements that could disturb public security and order, and using a social media account, “Facebook,” to spread false news and information.

Based on a phone call, el-Toukhy was arrested after he headed to the National Security Premises on September 26, 2020. Then, he didn’t appear until January 12, 2021, before the Shebin Elkom Prosecution decided to detain him. 

 

25 October 2023

The Criminal Court (The First Circuit Terrorism) decided to renew the detention of Ahmed El-Toukhy for 45 days in connection with his second case, Case No. 955 of 2020 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

El-Toukhy is charged with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and statements that could disturb public security and order, and using a social media account, “Facebook,” to spread false news and information.

10 September 2023

The Criminal Court (The Third Circuit Terrorism) decided to renew the detention of Ahmed El-Toukhy for 45 days in connection with his second case, Case No. 955 of 2020 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

El-Toukhy is charged with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and statements that could disturb public security and order, and using a social media account, “Facebook,” to spread false news and information.

16 March 2022

Yesterday, The Criminal Court (The Third Circuit Terrorism) decided to renew the detention of Ahmed El-Toukhy for 45 days in connection with his second case, Case No. 955 of 2020 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

El-Toukhy is charged with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and statements that could disturb public security and order, using a social media account, “Facebook,” to spread the false news and statements.

13 December 2021 

On Monday, December 12, The Criminal Court (The Fourth Circuit Terrorism) decided to renew the detention of Ahmed El-Toukhy for 45 days in connection with Case No. 955 of 2020 (Supreme State Security Prosecution).

El-Toukhy headed to the National Security Premises, on September 26, 2020, based on a phone summon. It was mentioned in the case report that he was arrested through ambushes near his house to capture him, he didn’t appear until January 12, 2021, before Shebin Elkom Prosecution that decided to include him in Case No. 532 of 2021, and on March 21 of the same year, the Criminal Court issued a decision to release him; however, the decision wasn’t implemented, and he was rotated in the current case.

El-Toukhy is charged with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and statements that could disturb public security and order, using a social media account, “Facebook,” to spread the false news and statements.

19 June 2021

The Supreme State Security Prosecutions decided yesterday June 19, 2021, to detain “Ahmed El-Toukhy” for 15 days pending Case No. 955 of 2020 Supreme State Security.

He was charged with joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and statements that could disturb public security and order, using a social media account “Facebook” aiming to spread the false news and statements.

It should be noted that he had a release order from the Criminal Court on March 21, 2021, pending Case No. 532 of 2021 Shibin Al Qanater misdemeanor, but that order wasn’t implemented, and he was unjustly detained in an unknown place for his family and lawyers until he was presented before the prosecution yesterday.

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Since the 2013 military ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt has been ruled with an iron fist. Authorities have brutally and systematically silenced peaceful dissent, nearly wiped-out independent media and civil society, repressed political opposition, adopted and enacted repressive legislation, jailed tens of thousands of actual or perceived critics and severely undermined the independence of the judiciary and of the legal profession. With very little civic, judicial, or parliamentary scrutiny, the authorities have faced virtually no accountability for their repressive policies and actions. In turn, this has contributed to the government’s failure to respect, protect and fulfil people’s social and economic rights, leading to setbacks for those most affected by the recurring economic crises in the country. From February 2024 onwards, Egypt’s donors including the United Arab Emirates, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the United Kingdom and the European Union provided or pledged around 57 billion USD in grants and loans. As part of this process, donors should ensure that the Egyptian authorities pursue and effectively implement reforms that improve respect for human rights alongside greater transparency and accountability. Donors must also ensure that economic and fiscal measures implemented as part of these programs do not contribute to the further erosion of people’s economic and social rights, especially in light of the continuing rise in poverty rates since the adoption of the first IMF program in 2016, as well as the Egyptian government’s inadequate spending levels on social protection, health and education. Any agreed macroeconomic reforms must reflect and uphold the legal obligations of all parties with regard to economic and social rights, notably in the areas of labour rights and environmental justice, and corporate accountability. We believe that structural reforms to strengthen rule of law, guarantee fair trials, open civic space, uphold the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association and media freedom, and release all those arbitrarily detained, are crucial. Not only would they comply with Egypt’s constitution and international human rights obligations, but they would also address some of the root causes of Egypt’s financial and economic instability. This instability has severely impacted the economic and social rights of millions of people in Egypt, who will ultimately carry the burden of repaying Egypt’s debts, particularly those in vulnerable and marginalised situations. We note that EU regulations require that recipients of macro-financial assistance “adhere to the respect of human rights and effective democratic mechanisms, including a multi-party parliamentary system and the rule of law,” while the European Council stipulated that a precondition for granting the Union’s macro-financial assistance is that “Egypt continues to make concrete and credible steps towards respecting effective democratic mechanisms, including a multi-party parliamentary system, and the rule of law, and guaranteeing respect for human rights.” However, what those “concrete and credible steps” should be is not defined in the Commission’s proposal. As the Commission and Egyptian authorities negotiate Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) to regulate the disbursement of EU funds to Egypt up to 2027, we urge the European Commission, Council and Parliament to ensure that: 1) The MoUs lay out a roadmap for structural reforms, with public, clear, specific and timebound indicators, targets and benchmarks for Egypt to meet its human rights obligations. 2) Egyptian authorities immediately and unconditionally release all those detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their human rights including the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. 3) Egyptian authorities open civic and political space, by respecting the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, including before, during and after the 2025 parliamentary elections. If these steps are met the EU’s macro-financial assistance will contribute to concrete and lasting progress on human rights and the rule of law in Egypt, which is indispensable to ensure transparency and accountability, end impunity and help prevent the recurrence of economic crises in the country. Failing to set human rights benchmarks would instead be a blank check for further abuses and repression in Egypt. 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