Cairo Criminal Court ordered release of Hamada Al-Masri

May 25th, 2013 by Editor

South Cairo Criminal Court in Al-Tagamu’ Al-Khamiis discussed lawsuit no.49 issued in 2013 against Hamada Badawi Muhammad Muhammad also known as Hamada Al-Masri and four others. The court decided to postpone the trial of the case to next Wednesday and to release Hamada Al-Masri from police custody in the meantime.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, attorney at law and head of the Egyptian Organisation of Human Rights (EOHR) and Mr. Samih Ashour, the chairman of the Egyptian Bar Organisation, represented Al-Masri today. Mr. Hafez Abu Seada demanded the re-interrogation of the first defendant, Ahmad Hamdi Abd  Al-Raham and the release of all the defendants. The court decided to postpone the sitting until next Wednesday and to release Hamada al-Masri; however, the remaining defendants remained in custody.

EOHR stressed that there must be a clear distinction between revolutionaries on the one hand, and violent criminals on the other, because this lack of differentiation will ultimately lead to the destruction of a group of young people with high ideas who took to the streets in defence of the freedom and dignity of all Egyptian citizens. Therefore such individuals should not be thrown into police custody until strong evidence is obtained against for committing crimes against the state.

For his part, Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR emphasised that accusations against political figures or revolutionaries is a serious matter as it serves to shackle leaders taking to the streets for the public good demanding better political, economic and social conditions in the country.


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