After a series of acquittals in cases of killing demonstrators, second sentence in a demonstration case in less than a week
Cairo on April 2, 2012
ANHRI condemns the judgment of Al Azbakeya Misdemeanors Court imprisoning Kefaya activists Tarek Medhat Ibrahim al Sunni and Mahmood Morshedi for 3 years. They both were detained since 28 February 2012 for their solidarity with group of former judges in a sit-in in front of the High Court demanding independence and purge of judiciary and condemning what happened in the so-called “foreign funding” case.
The activists were chanting slogans against the Egyptian Public Prosecutor before the security forces detained them then the general prosecution accused them officially of occupation of the High Court building, disabling and insulting public officers and exposing power against the officials, lawyers and citizens in addition to possession of knives!
After the prosecutor decided to jail them up referring them to Al Azbakeya Misdemeanor Court for case number 1848 of 2012 the court held its first meeting on 18 March, 2012 then postponed it to 25 March then decided today for hearing the rule.
ANHRI was extremely annoyed by the suspicion of complicity of the Public Prosecution that was obviously biased against the defendants because of chanting slogans hostile to the General Prosecutor, which was clear when a 40 minutes defense was provided asking for possible capital punishment against activists in a rare incident in cases of misdemeanors.
ANHRI said: “After a series of acquittals in cases accusing police officers by killing demonstrators, the Egyptian Courts had issued two judgments of rigorous imprisonment against activists in cases of demonstrations in less than a week. Beside this harsh sentence of imprisonment against Kefaya activists for demonstrating demanding independence of judiciary, the Misdemeanors Court of Rod El Farag last Thursday ruled another imprisonment against 8 activists in a fabricated case by the security services during the reign of Habib Al Adli before the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution. That case was also of a demonstration to denounce the terrorist bombing was subjected to the Church of the Saints, which is a sharp decline of the right to freedom of peaceful demonstration after the success of January 25 revolution concerning this right”.