July 19th, 2012 by Editor
On July 18, 2012, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) provided the Personal Freedom Protection Committee of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) with detailed information on the civilians trialed by the military courts from January 25, 2011 to June 30, 2012. The information was received by EOHR during interviews with the detainees’ families in the prosecution offices and the military courts in addition to complaints handled by media. The complaints received by EOHR reflected absence of the fair trial and legal defense guarantees.
Personal Freedom Protection Committee was formed according to the presidential decree no. 5, year 2012, in connection with reviewing the sentences issued by the military courts, against civilians, from January 25, 2011 to June 30, 2012, the date of power handing over to President Mohamed Morsi. The decree also mentioned reviewing the civil courts’ sentences against protesters.
In this regard, Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, called upon the Personal Freedom Protection Committee for taking speed measures for setting the civil detainees free. He also called for reviewing all the military sentences against civilians in order to guarantee their rights to fair trial and suitable legal defense.
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