July 21st, 2011 by Editor
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) calls the prosecutor general for opening investigations on the forcible disappearance of many people including the journalist Reda Helal. On July 21, 2011, Al Wafd Newspaper, page 7, published a report on an interview with the police officer Mahmoud Abdel Nabi, a member of the Honest Police Officers’ Coalition. In which, he said that “the police killed him, I know the murderer officer.
EOHR stated that this kind of information is very important and drives the perpetrator to accountability. EOHR has submitted many complaints to the prosecutor general office in order to open investigations on forcible disappearance incidents. Reda Helal’s family has submitted an application to the prosecutor general to reopen investigation on the disappearance of the journalist. The statement of the police officer may lead to the perpetrator. So, EOHR calls the prosecutor general to assign a judge to investigate the statement of the police officer and take him as a witness.
Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, emphasized on the necessity of conducting an immediate investigation on the disappearance of the journalist Reda Helal. The absence of witnesses and lack of leading information are always the hardest problems before achieving justice, but now the required information is available. Mr. Hafez also confirmed that the forcible disappearance is one of the cancerous crimes. Forcible disappearance is criminalized within all the international human rights standards. So, the involved perpetrators must be taken to accountability.
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