Posts Tagged ‘Mohamed Adel’

Bloggers tortured during detention

March 15, 2009

From Global Voices: Two bloggers were separately tortured in Egyptian State Security headquarters. One of them is now released, while the other has been receiving treatment in prison. /—/

Dia’ el Din Gad was arrested on 6 February , he is the runner of a blog called Sout Ghadeb (Angry Voice) where he used to write his views criticizing the Egyptian policy regarding Gaza. He also referred to President Hosni Mubarak as “Ehud Mubarak” – in a reference to Israeli Minister of Defence Ehud Barak.
Amnesty International who considers Gad a prisoner of conscience, mentioned in a recent statement that:

“During interrogation, SSI officers repeatedly threatened to torture and otherwise ill-treat him, and other detainees were apparently brought in front of him and tortured with electric shocks. He was kept constantly blindfolded and heard screams of people who, it appeared, were being tortured.
Dia’ el Din Gad was not beaten but verbally abused and told he would never be released. He was given no access to medical attention, despite a pre-existing condition which affects his breathing and for which he takes painkillers and other medication.”


Mohamed Adel released

March 13, 2009

From ANHRI: “The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said the state security prosecution decided today [8 February] to release blogger Mohammed Adel nicknamed dead ” “after passing 110 days between kidnap, arrest and accusations at the hands of the state security in the case number 1414 for year 2008 with the Supreme State Security Court.

Mohammed Adel was kidnapped in 30 Nov 2008 from downtown on the hands of the state security and was arrested in an unknown place for a month before ANHRI knew he was at the headquarters of the state security in Madinat Nasr then he was arrested for another month. He was charged with following a banned group “the Muslim Brotherhood”

Hoda Nasrallah, a lawyer with the legal aid unit in ANHRI, said in spite of the release decision, we will go on with the case against the minister of interior. The minister along with his aids kidnapped Adel and detained him in an illegal place. We will sue them until they learn to respect the law.

Mohamed Adel – detained since 20 November

February 17, 2009
Mohamed Adel

Mohamed Adel

The Daily News reports: “On Nov. 20, 2008, 20-year-old IT student and political activist Mohamed Adel was surrounded by a large group of men in plain clothing while he was sitting in a Downtown Cairo café, and bundled into a car. Rights NGO the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) suggested in a statement issued last year that the police had tapped Adel’s mobile phone and snatched him on his way to a meeting with a foreign journalist. A  formal arrest warrant was issued on Nov. 24 — four days after Adel’s disappearance. When Adel’s father, Adel Fahmy, went to see his son in Cairo’s Tora Prison on Dec. 8 — after receiving information that his son was being held there — prison authorities told him that “they were not at liberty to give him any information” about Adel and prevented Fahmy from seeing him.

According to RSF, Mohammed Adel makes clear his support for Hamas on his blog and openly criticises President Mubarak, accusing him of “being more concerned about the security of Israelis than of the Palestinian people”. The arrest confirm Egypt’s place among the 15 countries we list as ‘Internet Enemies’”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “When it comes to silencing a blogger, who by definition does not have a news organisation ready to publicly support him, the Egyptian authorities do not bother themselves with following the most basic rules of law”.

The Daily News reports that the first hearing of a case lodged against the Interior Minister on behalf of Adel has been adjorned by the Administrative Court until March 23. “The petition demands that Adel’s whereabouts, and the reason for his continued detention, be revealed. It also calls for LE 1 million in damages to be awarded to Adel for the financial and psychological harm caused by his detention.”