The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights demands the re-trial of Hatem Abu Al-Nour in front of a civil court

November 1st, 2013 by Editor

EOHR expresses its grave concern regarding the verdict issued by the military court of one year imprisonment of the journalist Hatem Abu Al-Nour, demanding the halt of the trial of civilians in front of military courts.

Military Intelligence has arrested Hatem two months ago during his work, which was collecting information for a press topic he was going to write. He was imprisoned in a military facility despite of the many attempts made by Al-Watan News paper to release him and referring him to a civil court. Nevertheless, the military court of Northern Cairo has issued the verdict of one year enforced imprisonment on Hatem because of impersonating a military character, and this was on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

In this regards, EOHR demands the re-trial of Hatem in front of a civil court.

From his side, Hafez Abu Seada, President of EOHR, has asserted on the necessity of referring Hatem to a civil court, as well as guaranteeing his right of a fair trial provided by all legal means for defending him according to the provision of Articles 14( clause 1) in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. He has also emphasized that the reference of civilians to a military court undermines the principle of the independence of the judiciary and strips the right of the citizens to standing in front of the specialized judge.

 

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