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Hearing of two lawsuits before the Administrative Judiciary Court demanding that Ahmed Doma and Omar Mohamed Ali remotely resume their studies digitally adjourned to January 9

Publish Date : Monday, 25 October, 2021
Last Update : Wednesday, 8 December, 2021
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7 December 2021 

Yesterday, The Administrative Judiciary Court (The Sixth Circuit) decided to adjourn the hearing session of the two lawsuits filed by AFTE on behalf of Ahmed Doma and Omar Mohamed Ali, challenging the negative decision not to allow them to resume their studies online, against both the Minister of Higher Education and the Minister of Interior in their capacity, to January 9 for the administrative body response.

In the two lawsuits, ِAFTE demanded to allow Doma and Ali to resume their studies by attending lectures online through the Prison Authority Sector’s digitally equipped halls inside prisons in the current year. The Prisons Authority cooperated with the Ministry of Justice to hold several digital detention renewal sessions through these halls, where the defendants present and the judges consider their detention order, proving that The Prisons Service possesses the necessary capabilities to facilitate the appellants’ completion of their studies.

The first lawsuit, filed on behalf of Ahmed Douma – convicted in connection with Case No. 8629 of 2011 (El-Sayida Zainab Felonies) with a fifteen-year hard prison sentence – carried No. 5057 of 76 Judicial year, while the second lawsuit, filed on behalf of Omar Mohamed Ali – convict in connection with Case. No. 174 of 2015 (West Cairo Military Felonies) with life imprisonment – carried No. 5050 of 76 Judicial year.

25 October 2021

Today, AFTE’s attorneys filed two lawsuits before the Administrative Judiciary Court at the State’s Council, on behalf of Ahmed Doma and Omar Mohamed Ali, challenging the negative decision not to allow them to resume their studies online, against both the Minister of Higher Education and the Minister of Interior in their capacity.

The first lawsuit, filed on behalf of Ahmed Douma – convicted in connection with Case No. 8629 of 2011 (El-Sayida Zainab Felonies) with a fifteen-year hard prison sentence – carried No. 5057 of 76 Judicial year, while the second lawsuit, filed on behalf of Omar Mohamed Ali – convict in connection with Case. No. 174 of 2015 (West Cairo Military Felonies) with life imprisonment – carried No. 5050 of 76 Judicial year.

In the two lawsuits, ِAFTE demanded to allow Doma and Ali to resume their studies by attending lectures online through the Prison Authority Sector’s digitally equipped halls inside prisons in the current year. The Prisons Authority cooperated with the Ministry of Justice to hold several digital detention renewal sessions through these halls, where the defendants present and the judges consider their detention order, proving that The Prisons Service possesses the necessary capabilities to facilitate the appellants’ completion of their studies.

As the first appellant, Ahmed Doma is a student at the Institute of Arab Research and Studies, and he filed and attached a written declaration to attend the lectures digitally. However, the administration of the Institute required the Prison Authority sector’s written approval to allow him to attend the exams and digital lectures; Therefore, he submitted a request to the competent authority, but it declined without giving reasons. The second appellant also submitted a request to the Ministry of Higher Education and Thebes Higher Academy to complete his architecture studies digitally at Thebes Higher Academy, He had previously been dismissed from the Institute for dropping out of studies, but the administration also declined without giving reasons.

The two lawsuits are based on Article (19) of the constitution, which states that education is a right for every citizen, as well as Article (56), which prohibits everything that contradicts human dignity inside prisons and pledges to facilitate a decent life for prisoners, as Article (31) of Law 396 of the year 1956 stipulated that the prison administration should encourage prisoners to see and learn for those who have the desire to complete their studies and allow them to sit exams at the exam halls.

AFTE pointed that the State’s orientation towards digital transformation made it easier for the Prisons Authority to provide the necessary means for prisoners who wish to complete their studies digitally, which is the current norm adapted by many universities and institutes since the Corona pandemic.

To view Ahmed Doma’s lawsuit, click here.

To view Omar Mohamed Ali’s lawsuit, click here. 

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