مُتاح أيضًا بـ: العربية (Arabic)
In a shocking and flawed judicial ruling, the Emergency State Security Misdemeanors Court in Egypt, sentenced prominent activist and former member of parliament Zyad Elelaimy to five years in prison, and sentenced Hisham Fouad and Hossam Moanis to four years each in prison, for allegedly spreading false news in Egypt and abroad to undermine national security through their social media’s accounts, The verdict included the punishment of Muhammad Bahnasy Masoud and Hussam Nasser Kamel with 3 years’ imprisonment with hard labor, and Fatima Abu Al-Maati (in absentia) with 3 years in prison, the verdict also included a fine of 500 Egyptian pounds (32 Dollars) for all the defendants.
This verdict comes as a new embodiment of the court’s deliberate abuse by which the Egyptian regime targets the group known as “prisoners of hope” to become the best illustration of the political and human rights stage that Egypt is going through now.
The hope metamorphosed into a nightmare when the security forces arrested a group of the most prominent and promising political leaders while they were trying to form a legitimate electoral alliance to contest the parliamentary elections as they had the legal, constitutional, and human rights.
While the current authority in Egypt has become unable to differentiate between legitimate entities that adopt legal political paths and criminals as long as they do not work under the political guise of the current Egyptian regime, then they are directly accused of terrorism, collusion and treason.
The verdict issued against Zyad and his companions in Case No. 957 of 2021 Old Egypt Misdemeanors State Security Emergency, copied from Case No. 930 of 2019 State Security Inventory, for which they spent more than two years in pretrial detention, was issued after a number of crude legal violations during the trial as the court did not respond to any of the defense requests and refused to allow them to photocopy the entire case documents, in addition to their trial before an exceptional court, which is the Emergency State Security Misdemeanors Court, which was set up to consider cases related to the emergency law imposed in Egypt years ago, the court is presided over by the criminal misdemeanor judge, and the judgments issued are not subject to appeal, whether before the court of appeal or the Court of Cassation, because it was considered as final, which contradicts the Egyptian constitutional approach which guarantees litigation at two levels and the accused’s right to appear before the judge.
Taking into account that the state of emergency in Egypt was already lifted several weeks ago by a decision of the President of the Republic, and the defendants’ defense submitted a plea before the emergency court by relying upon the unconstitutionality of their trial, however this plea joined their other requests ignored by the court.
The famous lawyer, prominent activist and former member of parliament (2011) Zyad Elelaimy a member of the Supreme Committee of the Social Democratic Party was one of the biggest victims of the case at hand, and in addition to today’s ruling, he was tried in another case and sentenced to one year in prison and fined 20,000 pounds, for accusing him of broadcasting false news and statements during a television interview, a ruling that was later upheld by the Court of Appeal.
The abuse of the accused was extended to the point of including them on the lists of terrorism in the application submitted by the Attorney General to the Criminal Court, which carried No. 1 of 2020 regarding Case 571 of 2020 State Security Inventory, Which was challenged, but the Court of Cassation upheld the decision to include elelaimy and his colleagues on the lists of terrorists, for a period of 5 years, and according to the Law Regulating Lists of Terrorist Entities and Terrorists, there are significant consequences for being listed , such as the seizure of funds, travel ban, loss of the conditions necessary to assume public, parliamentary or local jobs and positions…
The organizations that signed this statement affirm their condemnation of this unfair ruling, issued by an exceptional court, through a trial that did not meet the minimum standards for fair trial.
The signatories to this statement call for:
15.Intersection Association for Rights and Freedoms (IARF)
مُتاح أيضًا بـ: العربية (Arabic)