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New Cairo Criminal Court upholds the Public Prosecution’s decision to close investigations regarding Ayman Hadhoud’s death incident

Publish Date : Sunday, 24 April, 2022
Last Update : Thursday, 23 June, 2022
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23 June 2022 

Today, New Cairo Criminal Court (Circuit 28) decided to uphold Nasr City Prosecution’s decision that no criminal prosecution would take place, which means to close investigations into Case No. 738 of 2022, regarding the economic researcher Ayman Hadhoud’s death incident inside Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital. Despite the diverse legal pleas demanding to complete the investigations.

The court, headed by Councilman Hassan Farid, also decided to reject the civil claim filed by hadhoud’s family defense against the Abbasiya mental health hospital administration, and each of whom the investigations shall prove them guilty in Hadhoud’s death.

On June 1, Nasr City Prosecution decided that no criminal prosecution would take place. Thus, AFTE and EIPR filed an appeal against the prosecution’s decision before the New Cairo Criminal Court, which examined the appeal today and decided to accept the appeal in form and rejected its merits.

In the previous hearing, Hadhoud’s defense submitted a memorial of pleas before the Court, challenging the Prosecution’s decision not to prosecute; the memorial included the following pleas: lack of Prosecution’s impartiality in the investigations, releasing a press release denying any criminal suspicion that resulted in Hodhoud’s death before the investigations are completed, the Prosecution’s exclusivity to conduct the investigations without informing Hadhoud’s family with any updates or what took place in the investigations, as well as preventing them from reviewing the lawsuit papers, the public prosecution only relied upon a forensic doctor’s opinion who attributed the causes of Hohood’s death to a chronic heart condition, without consulting another doctor and without clarifying or describing this condition accurately or specifying the nature of the condition that Houdhoud suffered from and led to his death.

20 June 2022  Criminal Court to adjudicate appeal against the Prosecution’s decision to close investigations regarding Ayman Hadhoud’s death incident on June 23

Today, New Cairo Criminal Court (Circuit 28) set next 23 June as a date to adjudicate the appeal against the Prosecution’s decision to close the investigations of economic researcher Ayman Hadhoud’s death incident inside Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital.

Last May 19, both AFTE and EIPR submitted two requests to Nasr City prosecution to resume its investigations on Hadhoud’s death; However, on June 1, the prosecution decided that no criminal prosecution would take place. Thus both organizations appealed the prosecution’s decision before New Cairo Criminal Court, which held its first session the day before yesterday and decided to allow Hadhoud’s family to review the lawsuit’s files without writing down any details or photographing or quoting the lawsuit documents.

And today, Hadhoud’s defense submitted a memorial of pleas before the Court, challenging the Prosecution’s decision not to prosecute, the memorial included the following pleas: lack of Prosecution’s impartiality in the investigations, releasing a press release denying any criminal suspicion that resulted in Hodhoud’s death before the investigations are completed, the Prosecution’s exclusivity to conduct the investigations without informing Hadhoud’s family with any updates or what took place in the investigations, as well as preventing them from reviewing the lawsuit papers, the public prosecution only relied upon a forensic doctor’s opinion who attributed the causes of Hohood’s death to a chronic heart condition, without consulting another doctor and without clarifying or describing this condition accurately or specifying the nature of the condition that Houdhoud suffered from and led to his death.

The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights call on the Public Prosecution to remain impartial while conducting the investigations process to uncover the circumstances of the economic researcher Ayman Hadhoud’s death after his arrest and enforced disappearance on February 5, until he appeared dead, amid many vague events that both organizations hope that the Prosecution will reveal its details.

19 May 2022  AFTE and EIPR submit two requests to the prosecution to investigate Ayman Hadhoud’s death

Today, the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights submitted two requests to Nasr City prosecution, to resume it investigations in case No. 738 of 2022, regarding economic researcher Ayman Hadhoud’s death incident inside Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital.

The first request demanded unloading the security cameras in several locations linked to the statements of the Ministry of Interior from one side, and Hadhoud’s brother’s testimony from the other side, as the two organizations demanded to download security cameras at Maraashly street in Zamalek from 10:30 pm on February 5 until the morning of February 6, the period -in which Omar Hodhoud reported his brother’s disappearance- specifically the installed cameras that monitor the entrance to property 15A, the property from which Hodhoud was arrested for allegedly attempting to rob an apartment, according to the Ministry of Interior’s statement. 

In addition to this, unloading the security cameras of the Qasr al-Nil and Amiriya police stations between February 6 and February 17, inside the corridors and outside the gates of the two police stations, and inside the men’s detention room and the detainees’ waiting room, as well as unloading the security cameras inside the corridors and outside the gates of Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital and inside the men’s ward and outside the gate and fence of the hospital’s forensic medicine unit, from February 13 till March 5, 2020. 

The second request was to include the files of Case No. 672 of 2022 (Qasr El Nil Misdemeanors) regarding accusing Hadhoud of attempting to rob an apartment. Subsequently, Hodhoud was hospitalized at Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital, to Case No. 738 of 2022 (Nasr City Administrative); as they share facts related to the same person.  

Last April 24, AFTE and EIPR submitted a request to the head of the Nasr City Public Prosecution of a civil claim, in Case No. 738 of 2022 (Nasr City Administrative), on behalf of Omar Mohamed Hadhoud, the economic researcher Ayman Hadhoud’s brother. 

The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights call on the prosecution to conduct a serious investigation regarding Ayman Hodhoud’s death incident, starting from his enforced disappearance and being subjected to investigation by the National Security, and leaving his corpse for over a month without informing his relatives of any information about him, according to the joint statement issued by the human rights organizations.

 

24 April 2022 “A request to the prosecution to file a civil claim regarding Ayman Hadhoud’s death”

Today, the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression and The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, on behalf of Omar Mohamed Hadhoud, the brother of deceased economic researcher Ayman Hadhoud, filed a request to the head of Nasr City’s Prosecution to file a civil claim, pending lawsuit No. 738 of 2022 (Nasr City administrative), against the administration of Abbasiya mental health hospital, and each of whom the investigations shall prove them guilty in Hadhoud’s death.

The prosecution permitted Omar Hadhoud’s lawyer, Fatma Serag, to view the forensic report, which contained the details of the autopsy and its results, Hudhoud’s blood samples reports, and the echocardiograms report of the economic researcher. 

It is noteworthy that Omar Hodhoud had testified in the prosecution’s investigations about his suspicion of a criminal act that led to his brother’s death as a result of physical assaults that caused his death, and he demands an investigation.

AFTE and EIPR hope that the Public Prosecution shall do its part in uncovering the circumstances of the economic researcher Ayman Hodhoud’s death, and his detention without notifying his relatives or lawyers and that the investigations will address the questions raised by Egyptian human rights organizations in their joint statement about the circumstances of economic researcher Ayman Hodhoud’s death. AFTE and EIPR will follow the legal directions to reach the truth about Ayman Hadhoud’s death.

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