EOHR calls upon the Prosecutor General to Release the Accused in the Events of Qalama Village

December 30th, 2010 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its utmost concern about the continuous detention of 43 people accused of taking part in the events of Qalama Village, Qaliub District of Qaliubiya Governorate. Such detention constitutes a violation of the right to life, and the right to liberty and personal security guaranteed under the constitution and the human rights international conventions. EOHR demands the suspension of the collective punishment measures taken against the people of the village.

The above mentioned detainees are accused of the following:

1-     The assembly of more than five persons with the intention of disrupting public interest.

2-     Blocking the road and disrupting the way of public and private transportation vehicles and the general transportation movement.

3-     Assaulting police members, injuring them and fighting the authorities.

4-     Destroying and sabotaging a building owned by the Police Department “Qalama Police Station” which follows the Ministry of Interior with the intention of setting it on fire.

5-     Destroying and sabotaging cars owned by the police station.

46 suspects were arrested while the police record number 9 registered against them has showed that there are other 19 suspects shall be arrested. However, the director of the prosecution office of Qaliub police station, Mahmoud Mustapha, issued an order to detain 43 persons for 15 days and to release 3 other juveniles yesterday, 29/12/2010.

It’s noteworthy that a collision took place on 28/12/2010 evening on the agricultural road between Cairo and Alexandria between a bus with plate number 4189 registered under Qaliubiya tours and another bus with plate number 6538 registered under Giza tours. The collision led to the death of two people and the injury of 9 others including two officers and a police agent; most of them were from Qalama village. The injured and the dead were transferred to the General Qaliub Hospital after which a large number of the village people assembled at the location of the accident and blocked the road. They set cars’ tires and straw on fire as a way of objecting the recurrence of accidents in this area due to the lack of safety measures. They also demanded that an upper bridge shall be constructed for the cars coming from the agricultural road and the highway. They continued blocking the road until 1.30 A.M. of the following morning. The security forces have arrested a large number of citizens from different locations amounting up to 46 suspects who have been led to the state security center in Shubra Al-Khima, where report number 9 “ahwal” was filed against them.

EOHR has sent a fact finding mission to the location of the accident and met some of the village people whose testimonies came as follows:

1-      Iman Abdulhamid Sayyid – lawyer: “My brother was coming home from work from Cairo; his name is Sayyid Abdulhamid and he has a diploma in technical education. He was taking a microbus around 11.30. Security forces stopped the microbus, forced everyone to leave it and then took him with some other young people even though he has nothing to do with security affairs at all”

2-      Rabi’ Reda Tawfiq: “Around 9.30, I heard the people of the village saying that there was an accident, where a car from the village collided with a car coming from Benha on the agricultural road knowing that there is a traffic transit point on the entrance to the village to organize cars despite of which the accident took place anyway. Indeed, people went out there because this isn’t the first accident to take place there even though officials have promised to resolve this issue”

 

3. Nagwa Fouad Abd El Aziz said “my brother Ahmed Fouad is a student at the college of Islamic Law, he was returning from Cairo in a microbus at 11:15 PM with his cousin Islam Mohsen and his uncle Maher Bassiouny, but the state security forces arrested them all, although that they didn’t participate in the riots”.

4. Emad Mohammed said “at 9:30 PM, I knew that there was a great accident on the road, and that a number of the youth died there. When I reached to the location of the accident, I found that the citizens of the village were blocking the road, expressing their objection on the absence of a pedestrian bridge in the village. The citizens blocked the road till 2:00 AM, when the state security forces told them that the government agreed to construct a pedestrian bridge for them”.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada the chairman of EOHR stated that what happened to the village citizens was collective punishment, and that many of the guaranteed rights for the citizens have been violated, on the top of those violated rights were the right to bodily integrity, the right to liberty & personal security, and the right to life. Mr. Abu Seada asked the Prosecutor General to release the arrested citizens of Klma Village, and asked the Public Prosecution Office to investigate immediately in the violations took place in this village, and to announce the results of the investigation to the public, also Mr. Abu Seada asserted on the importance of responding to the citizens request by constructing pedestrian bridge.

Mr. Abu Seada emphasized on the necessity of putting limits for the mechanism of the arbitrary arrest in Egypt, saying that it violates the right to liberty & personal security, set forth in the article No.41 of the Egyptian constitution, which stated that “Individual freedom is a natural right and shall not be touched. Except in cases of a flagrant delicate no person may be arrested, inspected, detained, his freedom being restricted or prevented from free movement, except by an order necessitated by investigations or protecting the society security. This order shall be given by the competent judge or the Public Prosecution, in accordance with the provisions of the law”.

 

Mr. Abu Seada called as well upon the abolition of the state of emergency which has been imposed in Egypt since 1980, and to govern the state only by the constitution and the natural law. The imposition of the emergency case contradicts the international covenants on human rights and the Egyptian constitution, in addition to its inconsistency with the Egyptian pledges to the international council on human rights.

 

It is worth mentioning that Klma Village, which is located on Misr-Alexandria road, and which follows Kalioub district and far from it by 30 KM, is one of the biggest villages of Al Kalioubia governorate, and Its estimated population is of 40, 000 citizen.

 

 

The names of the accused citizens in this case:

 

 

 

 

1.

Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Abu El Soud

23

Driver

2.

Abd El Salam Abu El Khier Abd El Salam

22

Technician

3.

Mamoud Ahmed Salem

21

Student

4.

Yasser Saied Abd El Momen

21

Student

5.

Ahmed Mohammed Abd El Hameed

22

Barber

6.

Yasser Mosaad Saied

24

Sales representative

7.

Ibrahim Mahmoud Abd El Samee

23

Mechanical

 

8.

Mohammed Atef Abd El Haleem

25

Driver

9.

Mohammed Mamdouh Mohamed Ali

22

Printing press operator

10.

Magdy Abd El Rasoul Mahmoud Kassem

27

Operator

11.

Mohammed Mamdouh Taha

22

Student

12.

Mohammed Kamal Mahmoud Hassan

17

Student

13.

Mohammed Taher Taha

26

Operator

14.

Essam Abd El Rassoul Mahmoud

29

Security officer

15.

Mahmoud Abd El Naby Ramadan

24

Driver

16.

Ahmed Abd El Naby Ramadan

26

Technician

17.

Saied Mohammed Ahmed

29

Driver-lives in Al Marg

18.

Ahmed Ibrahim

26

 

19.

Saied Abd El AAty Hassan

23

Electrician

20.

Shereif Salah Embaby

21

Driver

21.

Saber Salem Mahmoud

23

Operator at Qaliub Hospital

22.

Ashraf Hamada Embaby

19

Saddler

23.

Magdy Hassanien Abd El Razwk

34

Officer at the prisons authority

24.

Saied Talaat Abd El Hamied

22

Technician

25.

Haitham Hassan Hamed

27

Merchant

26.

Saeed ABD El Hameed Saeed

20

Student

27.

Omar Samir Hassanien

18

Student

28.

Mahr Bioumy Abd El Hameed

39

Driver

29.

Islam Mohsen Bioumi

19

Driver

30.

Islam Magdy Mohammed Abd El Hameed

15

Student

31.

Ahmed Fouad Abd El Aziz Hassan

20

Student

32

Mosaad Ali Badr Al Saiedi

22

Officer at the fire brigade

33.

Abd El Rahman Magdy Abu Bakr

22

Holds a bachelor in law

34.

Mohammed Mansour Hamad

22

Student

35.

Ahmed Mahmoud Abd El Raziq

24

Plumber

36

Magdy Mohammed Mahmoud

25

Technician

37.

Wael Samir Saad

24

Driver

38.

Arafa Mohammed Eid

23

Driver

39.

Mosaad Mohammed Taha Zaied

38

Driver

40.

Ezzat Mohammed Taha Zaied

30

Driver

41.

Adel Salama Mostafa

27

Driver

42.

Ahmed Ali Abd El Fattah

22

Technician

43.

Abd El Nabi Ahmed Saeed

18

Technician

44.

Hamdi Emad Hamdi

18

Carpenter

45.

Hossam Mohammed Mohammed Ahmed

20

Technician

46.

Mostafa Magdy Hamad

20

 

 

 

 

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