The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights calls for the release of Balloon and Tahrir’s arrested people

August 29th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) welcomes the decision of the Supreme Council for Armed Forces (SCAF) for releasing many prisoners including those who were arrested during Balloon Theater and Tahrir incidents on June 28 and 29, 2011.

EOHR calls the Supreme Council to include the lawsuit no. 706/2011, East Cairo Military Criminal Court, in the abovementioned amnesty decision. This lawsuit was followed up by EOHR upon request of the family of Mohamed Sobhy Amin Mohamed Nor, taxi driver, 26 years old, who was arrested on June 28, 2011, while he was carrying some passengers to Tahrir Square. Mohamed was charged with possessing explosives. In fact, the taxi driver had a gallon of petrol in his car because his petrol indicator is not working, so he does not know exactly when his car should be fueled.

EOHR received a phone call from Mohamed Sobhy, in which he said that he was not allowed to defend himself before the military court. On August 20, 2011, he was given a 3 year-sentence, in absence of all the standards of fair trial.

In this concern, EOHR calls again for the release of all the civilians trialed by the military courts and stopping referring civilians to these courts.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, confirmed that referring civilians to the military courts is a major violation to the right for fair trial, which is guaranteed by the international standards of human rights.

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