EOHR demands the release of Alaa Abd Alfattah and his colleagues

June 12th, 2014 by Editor

EOHR followed with grave concern the arrest of the political activist Alaa Abd Alfattah and others, sentenced in absentia to 15 years enforcement of judgement. Cairo Criminal Court ruled the punishment of the political activist and his colleagues in absentia on Wednesday the 14th of June 2014, to 15 years jail and to a 100 thousand EGPs fine. The Court also decided to put them under surveillance for 5 years, in the trial known in the media as the Shoura Council Events, which took place last November.

The Public Prosecution accused the defendants of assaulting a police officer in West Cairo, stealing his walkie-talkie and aggressing him, organizing a demonstration without authorization in front of the Shoura Council, inciting riots, aggressing police officers, blocking the road, crowding public places and destroying public property. Investigations also showed others belonging to political factions on the Internet, inviting their supporters to demonstrate in Qasr ElNil street, without informing the concerned authorities in advance, as provided by Law number 107 of the year 2013 (New Protest Law) and the Assembly Law number 14 of the year 1923 on the right of organizing public meetings, processions and peaceful demonstrations. The investigations of the Prosecution demonstrated that almost 350 responded to this call, met in Qasr Al-Ainy Street, and mobbed in front of the Shoura Council, venue of the meetings of the Committee of 50 during the debates on the drafting of the constitution, chanting and addressing state authorities and waiving banners containing slogans against them.

Cairo Criminal Court ruled after finding the absence of all the defendants or lawyers assigned to defend them in absentia, as Alaa Abdel-Fattah is released in this case.

In this context, the Egyptian Organization demands to apply the standards of fair trial stated in the Egyptian Constitution, and guaranteed in all international charters and conventions on human rights.

It also demands to release the defendants till a re-hearing procedure session is determined, because the Criminal Procedures law states that in the case of presence of the accused or of his arrest,  retrial should go on and the previous sentence be canceled. The court may release the defendants till the consideration of the case is pending.


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