Posted 2013/3/14

Egypt: 2 years in jail for human rights defender Mr Hassan Mustafa

On 12 March 2013, Mansheya Misdemeanour Court in Alexandria sentenced prominent human rights defender Mr Hassan Mustafa to two years imprisonment on charges of allegedly assaulting a staff member of the Alexandria Prosecutor's Office, a charge which he strenuously denies.

Hassan Mustafa was among the first human rights defenders in Alexandria to work on the cases of demonstrators arrested in front of the Mansheya Court on 6 April 2008.

He was involved in a campaign to document all of the detainees and provide them with advocacy and support In 2010, Hassan Mustafa joined the political and economic rights movement “Hashd”, which called for a demonstration in May 2010 for the right to minimum wages. He was also one of the organisers of a demonstration against police brutality in 2010 known as the “Khaled Said” case

Hassan Mustafa was arrested on 21 January 2013, as he and a group of lawyers and other human rights defenders were enquiring in Mansheya Prosecutor's Office about the whereabouts of demonstrators who had been arrested two days previously, on 19 January 2013.

According to Hassan Mustafa's lawyer, the Court heard evidence from only two of the fifteen defence testimonies who had witnessed the arrest of the human rights defender and denied that he assaulted the staff member of Prosecutor's Office. The Court issued the sentence in less than two months, after reportedly reviewing a forensic report stating that the complainant suffered redness on his cheek.

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