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Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy arrested

Status: 
Detention extended
About the situation

On 5 November 2019, the State Security Prosecution in Cairo ordered the renewal of human rights lawyer Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy’s preventive detention for an additional fifteen days.

On 10 September 2019, the Criminal Court of Cairo rejected an appeal from human rights defender Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, and renewed his detention for an additional 45 days.

On 2 May 2018, Cairo Criminal Court ordered the detention of Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy for 45 days pending further investigation.  On 4 December 2017, the detention of human rights defender Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy was extended for a further 15 days, pending investigation by the prosecution. He is currently being held in Aqrab Prison, where he has reported poor detention conditions, lack of adequate food, and lack of adequate medical testing for his anaemia.

About Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy

ibrahim_metwalli_hegazy.jpgIbrahim Metwally Hegazy is a co-founder and the coordinator of the Association of the Families of the Disappeared in Egypt, a network of individuals whose loved ones have been subjected to enforced or involuntary disappearances. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy became an active human rights defender working on the issue of enforced disappearances after the disappearance of his son Amr Ibrahim Metwally, who went missing on 8 July 2013. The human rights defender is the attorney in the case of Giulio Regeni, an Italian national who was killed in Egypt under suspicious circumstances. Since 2014, Ibrahim Hegazy has been actively lobbying Egyptian authorities on the issue of enforced disappearances in Egypt.

6 November 2019
Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy’s preventive detention renewed for a further fifteen days

On 5 November 2019, the State Security Prosecution in Cairo ordered the renewal of human rights lawyer Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy’s preventive detention for an additional fifteen days. He is facing charges of “membership of an illegal organisation” and “financing a terrorist group”.

Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy has been under preventive detention since his arrest on 10 September 2017, which exceeds the legal period of preventive detention under the Egyptian law. The State Security Prosecution ordered his release on 14 October 2019, however the National Security did not approve the order and he has remained in detention.

12 September 2019
Detention Renweed for Another 45 Days for Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy

On 10 September 2019, the Criminal Court of Cairo rejected an appeal from human rights defender Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, and renewed his detention for an additional 45 days. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy is being held at Tora prison, where he has been under preventive detention for more than two years. The renewal of his detention means that the time he will spend in preventive detention exceeds the legal period permissible under the Egyptian criminal procedures law. The health of the human rights defender is in critical condition, and he is suffering from medical negligence. The prison administration have refused to transfer him to a hospital, and he has not been permitted family visits since his arrest on 10 September 2017.

20 September 2017
Egyptian authorities torture Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, extend his detention

UPDATE: On 2 May, Cairo Criminal Court ordered the detention of Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy for 45 days pending further investigation.

On 20 September 2017, Egyptian authorities extended the detention of Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy for an additional 15 days pending investigation by the Egyptian State Prosecution on charges of “establishing an illegal organization”, “communicating with foreign entities to harm state security” and “disseminating false news”. The human rights defender was arrested on 10 September while en route to a meeting with the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances in Geneva. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy is currently being held in Al-Aqrab maximum security section of Tora prison. The human rights defender reported to his lawyers that he was subjected to torture, electrocution while naked, and that he is being held in solitary confinement.

On 12 September 2017, Egyptian authorities extended the detention of Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy pending investigation by the Egyptian State Prosecution on charges of “establishing an illegal organization”, “communicating with foreign entities to harm state security” and “disseminating false news”. On 10 September 2017, Egyptian authorities arrested Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy at Cairo International Airport while he was on the way to attend a meeting with the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Front Line Defenders strongly condemns the arrest, torture and continued arbitrary detention of Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy as it constitutes a clear reprisal for his engagement with the United Nations human rights mechanisms and his advocacy on the issue of enforced disappearances.

 

12 September 2017
Egyptian authorities extend Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy's detention

On 12 September 2017, Egyptian authorities extended the detention of Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy for 15 days pending investigation by the Egyptian State Prosecution on charges of “establishing an illegal organization”, “communicating with foreign entities to harm state security” and “disseminating false news”. The human rights defender was arrested on 10 September while en route to a meeting with the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances in Geneva.

On 12 September 2017, Egyptian authorities extended the detention of  Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy pending investigation by the Egyptian State Prosecution on charges of “establishing an illegal organization”, “communicating with foreign entities to harm state security” and “disseminating false news”. The human rights defender is currently being held in Tora Prison in Cairo. On 10 September 2017, Egyptian authorities arrested Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy at Cairo International Airport while he was on the way to attend a meeting with the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances  at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Front Line Defenders strongly condemns the arrest and continued arbitrary detention of Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy as it constitutes a clear reprisal for his engagement with United Nations human rights mechanisms and his advocacy on the issue of enforced disappearances.

10 September 2017
Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy arrested

On 10 September 2017, Egyptian authorities arrested Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy at Cairo International Airport while he was on the way to attend a meeting with the United Nations Working Group on Enforced Disappearances, held between 11-15 September 2017 at the 36th session Human Rights Council in Geneva. Family members have not been informed of the whereabouts of Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy and he has not had access to a lawyer.

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Fellow co-founder and member of the Association of the Families of the Disappeared, Hanan Badr El-Din Othman has been subjected to “preventative detention” by order of the Egyptian authorities since 6 May 2017. The human rights defender was arrested during a visit to Qanatar prison where she was seeking to find information on, and determine the fate or whereabouts of, her missing husband.

Front Line Defenders strongly condemns the arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention of Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy as it believes that he is being held in reprisal for cooperation with the United Nations, its mechanisms and representatives in the field of human rights.

Front Line Defenders urges the authorities in Egypt to:

1. Immediately and unconditionally release Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, as Front Line Defenders believes that he is being held solely as a result of his legitimate and peaceful work in the defence of human rights;

2. Inform the family and lawyer of Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy of the place of his detention, and allow them immediate and unfettered access to him;

3. Take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity and security of Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy;

4. Ensure that the treatment of Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, while in detention, adheres to the conditions set out in the ‘Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment', adopted by UN General Assembly resolution 43/173 of 9 December 1988;                                                                                    

5. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Egypt are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment.