The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
Nine Muslim Brotherhood members arrested
17 February 1999The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) received with deep concern news of the arrest by State Security Investigations (SSI) officers of nine members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria, on the evening of 14 February 1999. The following day, 15 February, they were referred to the State Security Prosecution in connection with official report no. 193/1999-High State Security. They are accused of joining an illegal group which aims to hamper the implementation of the Constitution and the law; possession of leaflets which call for hatred for the regime and threaten public security. The State Security Prosecution ordered their imprisonment for 15 days pending investigations. Following are the names of those arrested and some details of their case: 1- Ibrahim Khalil Omar Al-Za'farani, aged 43, doctor and assistant secretary general of the Doctors Syndicate in Alexandria. On 22 January 1995, he received a three-year prison sentence in connection with case no. 8/1995-Military Criminal. Although the imprisonment term was completed on 23 January 1998, he was not released. Instead, a detention order was issued on 26 January 1998. He was finally released on 19 March 1998. 2- Ali Abdel-Fattah Ali Abdel-Fattah, aged 46, general director of the Doctors Syndicate Club of Alexandria. 3- Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, aged 46, program analyst and administrative expert. 4- Salih Gaber, civil servant. 5- Mahmoud Abdel-Mo'min Al-Sayid Faris, aged 32, company owner. 6- Abdel-Nasser Ali Abdalla, employee at a private company. The EOHR has learnt that the above mentioned were arrested on their way to visit Abdel-Nasser Ali Abdalla. 7- Osama Mohamed Gado, aged 37, lawyer at the Public Authority for Sanitary Drainage, in Alexandria. 8- Ibrahim Al-Sayid, petroleum sector engineer. 9- Hamdi Mahmoud Abdel-Haleem, aged 46, headmaster at the Madina Al-Morawara Secondary School, in Alexandria. The EOHR is seriously concerned over the continuation of the arrest campaigns launched by the SSI against members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the violations committed against some of them. The organization appeals to the authorities to stop these campaigns and respect the right of citizens from all political and ideological trends to peaceful assembly, a right which is guaranteed by the Egyptian Constitution and international human rights standards ratified by the Egyptian government. The EOHR also calls on all civil society institutions, political parties, and intellectuals to work together for the defense of freedom of opinion and expression, the right to peaceful assembly, and the right of all citizens, whatever their political or ideological orientation, to personal safety. It also calls on them to urge the Egyptian government to take serious and prompt steps to top these violations which threaten the situation of human rights in Egypt.
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