Egypt activist Alaa Abdel Fattah sentenced to five years

from Marta Serafini

Four years to his lawyer and blogger Mohamed «Oxygen». All three accused of spreading false news.

The condemnations in Egypt of human rights activists do not stop. The well-known blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah, a human rights activist and protagonist of the 2011 revolution, was sentenced to five years. His lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer and blogger Mohamed «Oxygen» Ibrahim also sentenced to four years. The three defendants were accused of “spreading false news”, the same accusation for which Patrick Zaki, after his release, will still have to appear for trial on February 1st. Alaa Abdel Fattah and Mohamed el-Baqer are accused of criticizing the authorities for the treatment of detainees and for some deaths in custody which occurred in suspicious circumstances; Mohamed «Oxygen» Ibrahim, on the other hand, for having denounced the government’s failure to respect social and economic rights on social media.

“Their writings did not in any way incite violence and hatred and the three should have been protected by the Egyptian constitution and international obligations regarding freedom of expression,” he stresses. Amnesty International. “There are three cruel and uncalled-for condemnations against three dissidents and human rights defenders who should never have set foot in a prison. There is great concern about the impact these sentences may have on their mental and physical health conditions. We ask the president al Sisi to use his prerogatives, so that these sentences are overturned, ”commented Riccardo Noury, spokesman for Amnesty International in Italy.

Alaa Abdel Fattah was arrested on 29 September 2019 as well as Mohamed Baker, his lawyer, just as he went to meet his client in a prosecutor’s office. On the occasion of their transfer to prison in October, Alaa Abdel Fattah was blindfolded, stripped naked, kicked and punched and, together with Mohamed Baker, subjected to insults and threats.. The prosecutor has not ordered an investigation. Mohamed “Oxygen” Ibrahm was arrested on 21 September 2019. On 19 November 2020 a court in Cairo had arbitrarily added Alaa Abdel Fattah and Mohamed Baker to the “terrorist list” for five years. In addition to the impossibility of appealing to a higher court, the procedures of the emergency courts do not recognize many rights, such as having an adequate period of time to prepare the defense, to communicate with one’s own defense lawyers and to have an public hearing. Alaa Abdel Fattah and Mohamed Baker have not had private talks with their lawyers since May.

Alaa Abdel Fattah blogger, activist and thinker is one of the protagonists of the Egyptian revolution of 2011, who spent seven of the last eight years in prison along with 60,000 other Egyptian political prisoners. THEHis father, Ahmed Seif al Islam, was imprisoned twice under President Anwar al Sadat and two more times under Hosni Mubarak. During his captivity he was tortured with electric shocks and his arms and legs were broken. Despite this, he graduated from the prison where he was serving a five-year sentence. Released from prison, he founded the Hicham Mubarak center and became one of the most respected human rights lawyers in Egypt. His mother, Laila Soueif, is a physics teacher and early adopter.

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