Egypt Daily Update: Lawyer Tarek Hussein Released After 40 Days of Arbitrary Detention

July 28, 2017

Lawyer Tarek Hussein Released After 40 Days of Arbitrary Detention

Al-Sisi Calls on Media to Demonstrate Patriotism and Support the State

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Lawyer Tarek Hussein Released After 40 Days of Arbitrary Detention

Egyptian rights lawyer Tarek “Tito” Hussein has been released [Ar] from Khanka Police Station after 40 days in detention, including more than 10 days during which he was held incommunicado and his whereabouts were kept secret. Hussein was originally arrested from his home in an early morning raid on charges of “joining an illegal organization” and “calling for a protest” before the Egyptian Parliament’s controversial ratification of the Tiran and Sanafir island transfer to Saudi Arabia. Hussein’s detention [Ar] garnered significant social media attention from Egyptian activists and some international human rights organizations. An Amnesty International report last week stated that an Egyptian National Security Agency (NSA) officer reportedly told Hussein before his ordered release that he would “let the prosecutor order your release, but we will keep detaining you nonetheless.”

Hussein’s brother, Mahmoud Mohamed Husseinannounced [Ar] Tarek’s release on social media, and tweeted pictures [Ar] of himself and his brother enjoying his first meal since his release and celebrating his freedom with their mother. Hussein told media [Ar] that he was treated poorly in prison and held in cells with prisoners accused of violent crimes instead of with the other political prisoners.


Al-Sisi Calls on Media to Demonstrate Patriotism and Support the State

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called [Ar] for media outlets to support the state and “create a phobia” against its failure at a conference entitled “Creating a Failure State: Confrontation Mechanisms” on Tuesday. Al-Sisi criticized the Egyptian media’s role in the 2011 revolution, saying that “in 2011, the media had certain agendas, and it almost led Egypt to witness events more severe than what we see in other countries in the region.” Media analyst Hesham Kassem told Daily News Egypt that the al-Sisi’s comments and the general rhetoric of the state is constantly intended to threaten the media, adding that the role of the media is not to protect the country. State officials, especially al-Sisi, have been consistently active in attacking the media for what they say is an unfair and inaccurate portrayal of the government, with al-Sisi falsely claiming in an interview with PBS in 2016 that “there is no media restriction or dictatorship in Egypt” and that the media does not reflect the reality in Egypt.

Meanwhile, Egyptian militant group Hassm has disputed [Ar] the Egyptian government’s numerous claims of killing Hassm fighters, saying that security forces had misidentified those killed as members of their movement. The nationalist and religious militant group claimed [Ar] on their website that they would be proud of anyone who had sacrificed their life for their cause, and would proudly claim them as martyrs. Over the past month, the Egyptian Ministry of the Interior has announced [Ar] a number of raids against Hassm strongholds that they say have killed tens of militants.


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Al-Masry Al-Youm – 07/28/2017


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