The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
The Higher State Security Prosecution Orders the Imprisonment of the EOHR Secretary General
1December 1998Today, 1 December 1998, the Higher State Security Prosecution ordered the imprisonment of Hafez Abu Se'da, the Secretary General of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) for 15 days pending investigations in relation to case no. 695/1998-state security investigations. In his capacity as the EOHR secretary general, Hafez Abu Se'da is facing the following charges: Accepting funds from a foreign country with the aim of fulfilling acts that would harm Egypt Disseminating false information abroad, that would harm the country's national interests Receiving donations without obtaining permission from the competent authorities It must be noted that the Higher State Security Prosecution had summoned Hafez Abu Se'da as a witness based on a report made by journalist Mostafa Bakri, editor-in-chief of Al-Osbou' newspaper, and on inquiries made by the State Security Investigations. The said journalist accused the EOHR of receiving funds from a foreign country in return for making a report on the incidents of Al-Kosheh, an accusation which was denied by the EOHR Board of Trustees in its extraordinary meeting on 26 November 1998. Nevertheless, before the Higher State Security Prosecution, the EOHR Secretary General and the lawyers attending with him were surprised with the above mentioned charges. Mr. Abdel-Aziz Mohamed, the EOHR Chairman and Head of the Cairo Branch of the Bar Association, convened for an urgent Board of trustees meeting to be held tomorrow 2 December 1998 to determine the EOHR stance of these developments.
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