Egypt – The trial of Alaa Abdel-Fattah, icon of the revolution, opens in Cairo

Egypt – The trial of Alaa Abdel-Fattah, icon of the revolution, opens in Cairo
Egypt – The trial of Alaa Abdel-Fattah, icon of the revolution, opens in Cairo

Posted18 October 2021, 18:49

Egypt’s best-known detainee, his ex-lawyer and a blogger have all been prosecuted since Monday for their involvement in the revolt that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The trial of Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah, a key figure in the 2011 revolution that overthrew President Mubarak, opened in Cairo on Monday.

AFP

The trial of Egypt’s best-known political detainee, Alaa Abdel-Fattah, a central figure in the 2011 uprising, and two other activists opened on Monday before a special court in Cairo, said the lawyer of ‘Alaa Abdel-Fattah.

After more than two years in preventive detention, Alaa Abdel-Fattah was formally charged with his then lawyer Mohamed al-Baqer and blogger Mohamed Ibrahim – alias “Oxygen” – of “spreading false information and rumors to the inside the country and abroad, ”explained Me Khaled Ali.

The State Security Emergency Correctional Court in eastern Cairo then postponed the hearing to November 1 for procedural matters, according to the lawyer.

Nicknamed “the icon of the revolution” who in 2011 ousted former President Hosni Mubarak from power, Alaa Abdel-Fattah, held in solitary confinement, was transferred “alone in an armored truck” from the upper prison. Tora’s safety in court, according to a message written on Twitter by her sister Mona Seif.

Verdict without appeal possible

The defense did not have access to the elements of the file, she added, denouncing a desire of the authorities to “close (this case) quickly before an exceptional court whose verdicts cannot be the subject of” calls ”.

According to his family, Alaa Abdel-Fattah – who has spent a total of seven years behind bars since 2013 – expressed suicidal desires during the last renewal hearing in mid-September. Mona Seif, however, said he looked “psychologically better” on Monday.

He and his lawyer, Me Baqer, were imprisoned in a massive crackdown in September 2019 after rare protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Merciless repression

Amnesty International denounced the “cruel, inhuman and degrading conditions” in which the two men are detained, who were added to the Cairo “terrorist” list at the end of 2020.

Mohamed Ibrahim, founder of the blog “Oxygen Egypt”, was also arrested in 2019 after posting videos on anti-government protests on social networks, according to the same NGO.

Since coming to power eight years ago, President Sisi has led a merciless crackdown on all opposition. According to NGOs, Egypt has around 60,000 prisoners of conscience.

(AFP)

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