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Continued Arbitrary Detention of Blogger Ahmed Doma
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information denounced today the continued illegal detention of blogger Ahmed Doma after having completed his term beginning on 5/2/2009 and ending on 5/2/2010. However, he is still detained in Arish police department with no legal justification.
Doma's case dates back to January 2009 , when he passed through to Gaza during the Israeli offense. Upon is return to Egypt ,he was arrested by Egyptian security. Despite being a civilian , and not holding any military post he was court-martialed. The military court of Ismailia sentenced Ahmed Saad Doma to one year in prison and a fine of LE 2000, on charges of illegal infiltration of the eastern border , violating the presidential decree #298/1995. During his deportation from SSI headquarters in Arish to Damanhour prison on 28/2/2009, Doma was brutally tortured at AlKhalifa police department in Cairo, resulting in broking his arm.
On 20/2/2010, ANHRI lawyers filed a communiqué at the Attorney General's requesting an immediate investigation on the incident of illegal detention of blogger Ahmed Doma At Arish Police Department, as per articles # 41and 57 of the Egyptian constitution and article #40 of the criminal procedures code, which guarantee the personal freedom of citizens and the prohibition of detention without a judicial decision and the prohibition of physical and moral abuse.
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said that abusing of Doma and others in Egypt is at odds with what the Egyptian government has announced on 19/2/2010, before the United Nations Human Rights Council, that the alleged use of emergency laws against journalists, bloggers and political activists, is based on incorrect information.