EOHR calls for a fair and equitable trial of former regime figures

July 7th, 2013 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) followed the arrests of former regime figures and the issuance of the provisions of imprisonment for number of them namely, Khairat El Shater, Mahdi Akef, and Saad El Katatni, and Rashad Bayoumi, Mohamed El Omda, and Helmi El Gazzar, and Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maksoud. EOHR also followed the development of a list of about 290 people banned from travelling from the recently-dismissed government.

The Public Prosecution had previously issued a series of decisions following the June 30 Uprising. One of which was banning several Muslim Brotherhood leaders from travelling, which was followed by the issuance of decisions of imprisonment of 7 of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders on charges of inciting violence in the country.

Following the decision of a 15-day imprisonment, the police forces arrested Saad Katatni, former Head of Parliament and Rashad Bayoumi, a member of the Guidance Office on charges of inciting the killing of protesters at the Guidance Bureau in Mokattam.  Under the same 15-day imprisonment decision, Mahdi Akef was also arrested along with four of his guards who were caught with 4 unlicensed firearms. The police department in Southern Cairo issued the arrest of Mohammed El-Beltagy and Safwat Hijazi and Essam el-Erian, on the same charges of inciting the killing of protesters resulting from the events of the Guidance Bureau head office in Mokattam as well.

Security forces also managed to arrest 6 armed Muslim Brotherhood members at the house of Mohamed Badie, Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood. These members were in possession of knives, firearms, cartilages, pistols, armors, and claimed to have come only to secure Badie’s house.

The police also arrested several Palestinians who were in possession of weapons in an apartment owned by the brother of El Shater’s guard. The latter is also First Deputy Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, and jailed pending the issue of possession of a weapon without a license.

Moreover, Mohamed Kamal Abdel-Hamid, one of the guards of Khairat Al-Shater, along with Mohamed Ewees Abdel-Halim, El Shater’s driver were both arrested for the possession of unlicensed firearms.

In Kafr El Sheikh Governorate, 82 citizens belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested during the clashes that broke out in Kafr El Sheikh city during the march in support of the ousted President. The Prosecutor of Assiut also decided to imprison 10 accused of the Muslim Brotherhood four days, pending investigation, in the context of an attempt to storm the governorate building on last Friday evening.

The Attorney General decided a ban of travel for many of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders and the former regime figures (including Essam Haddad -Morsi assistant for the Foreign Affairs-, Bakinam Cherkawi -Morsi assistant for Political Affairs-, Hisham Qandil -Prime Minister-, Ahmed Abdel Atty –Director of the Office of the ousted President-, Mohamed El Beltagy –Secretary General of the Freedom and Justice Party-, Helmi Gazzar -Secretary of the Freedom and Justice in Giza Governorate-, Safwat Hijazi, Subhi Saleh and Essam El Erian -Leaders of the Brotherhood-, Saad El Husseini -Governor of Kafr El Sheikh, outgoing leader of the Brotherhood-, Abdel Rahman El Bir –Mufti of the Brotherhood-, Abu El Alaa –President of El Wasat Party-, Essam Sultan –Vice President of El Wasat Party- and Assem Abdel Majid –Leader of the Islamic group.

EOHR stresses on the importance of a fair and equitable trial to all citizens equally, regardless of religion, sex, color, creed or political affiliation. This right has to be guarantee to the Muslim Brotherhood representatives; they are sons of this nation and a part of the Egyptian political and social fabric.

EOHR believes in the right of the accused to a fair trial. It demands the competent authorities to ensure the legal rights of the accused guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Article no. 14 of this covenant states that: “All persons shall be equal before the courts and tribunals. In the determination of any criminal charge against him, or of his rights and obligations in a suit at law, everyone shall be entitled to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law.”

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, affirmed the need to provide all the guarantees to the rightof  a fair trial, as provided by all international charters and conventions on human rights. This right is based on the principles of justice far from legal reprisals because of political differences. 

Mr. Abu Seada explained that the 25 January Revolution rose in order to establish justice, one of the main right that humans seek to achieve. If the balance of justice is disturbed, it is all the concept of human rights which is weakened. Therefore, this revolution should aims equality in the administration of justice and the right to a fair trial.

 

  Name Position Duration Charges
1. Khairat El Shater Deputy Chaiman of the Muslim Brotherhood 15 Days Inciting the murder and terrorism against the demonstrators, in the events that took place in front of the headquarters of the group in the suburb of Mokattam guidance.
2. Muhamed Mahdi ‘Akef Former General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood 15 Days Inciting the murder and terrorism against the demonstrators, in the events that took place in front of the headquarters of the group in the suburb of Mokattam guidance.
3. Mohamed Saad El Katatny Secretary-General of the Freedom and Justice Party 15 Days Inciting the murder and terrorism against the demonstrators, in the events that took place in front of the headquarters of the group in the suburb of Mokattam guidance.
4. Mohamed Rashad El bayoumi Deputy Guide of the Muslim brotherhood 15 Days Inciting the murder and terrorism against the demonstrators, in the events that took place in front of the headquarters of the group in the suburb of Mokattam guidance.
5. Hazem Salah Abou Ismail Populist Salafist 15 Days Inciting the murder and terrorism against the demonstrators, and the formation of armed groups to terrorize citizens.
6. Abd El Mone’m Abl El Maqsoud Lawyer of the Muslim Brotherhood 4 Days Inciting the murder and terrorism at El Nahda Square for demonstrators at Bein El Sarayat, resulting in 21 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
7. Mohamed El Omda Member of the previous parliament 4 Days Inciting the murder and terrorism at El Nahda Square for demonstrators at Bein El Sarayat, resulting in 21 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
8. Helmy El Gazzaz Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood 4 Days Inciting the murder and terrorism at El Nahda Square for demonstrators at Bein El Sarayat, resulting in 21 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
9. Mohamed Ewees Guard of Khairat El Shater 15 Days Possession of firearms and ammunition without a license, resisting authorities, infringement.
10. Mohamed Kamal Personal Guard of Khairat El Shater   Possession of firearms and ammunition without a license, resisting authorities, infringement.

 

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