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Egypt: Further information on fear of torture / "disappearance" and new concern: medical concern

, رقم الوثيقة: MDE 12/019/1998

'Abd al-Rahman Lutfi: New information has revealed that ‘Abd al-Rahman Lutfi, who was considered "disappeared" since his arrest on 10 February, is being held in al-Wadi al-Gadid Prison in the desert southwest of Egypt. He has now been issued with a detention order by the Ministry of the Interior and is said to have started a second hunger strike protesting against his detention. There are serious concerns for his health.

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 12/19/98
1 April 1998
Further information on 69/98 (MDE 12/14/98, 5 March 1998)- Fear of torture/
“Disappearance”. New concern: Medical concern
EGYPT’Abd al-Rahman Lutfi, farmer aged 42 and secretary of the opposition Labour
Party in Mallawi, Upper Egypt
New information has revealed that ‘Abd al-Rahman Lutfi, who was considered
“disappeared” since his arrest on 10 February, is being held in al-Wadi al-Gadid
Prison in the desert southwest of Egypt. He has now been issued with a detention
order by the Ministry of the Interior and is said to have started a second
hunger strike protesting against his detention. There are serious concerns
for his health.
‘Abd al-Rahman Lutfi, the secretary of the opposition Labour Party in Mallawi,
was arrested together with ‘Ala’ al-Din Higazi, a lawyer. Both were initially
detained in the State Security Investigations building in Minya. The lawyer
was released on 18 February but ‘Abd al-Rahman Lutfi reportedly remained in
detention there for a few days before being transferred to al-Wadi al-Gadid
Prison.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/ airmail
letters in Arabic, English, French or in your own language:
-seeking information as to the exact reasons behind the continuing detention
of ‘Abd al-Rahman Lutfi;
- urging that if he is being held solely for the non-violent expression of
his beliefs he would be considered as a prisoner of conscience and should be
immediately and unconditionally released;
-urging that he be humanely treated and be given immediate access to medical
care and to a lawyer.
APPEALS TO:
His Excellency General Habib al-’Adeli
Minister of the Interior
Ministry of the Interior
Al-Sheikh Rihan Street, Bab al-Louk, Cairo, Egypt
Telegrams: Minister Habib al-’Adeli, Cairo, Egypt
Telexes: 21361 MOICM UN
Faxes: + 202 579 2031
Salutation: Dear Minister
His Excellency Faruq Sayf al-Nasr
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
Midan Lazoghly, Cairo, Egypt
Telegrams: Minister Sayf al-Nasr, Cairo, Egypt
Faxes: + 202 355 5700
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
Ms Nayla Gabr
The Human Rights Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Corniche al-Nil, Cairo, Egypt
Fax: + 202 574 9533
Mr Raga’ al-’Arabi
Public Prosecutor
Dar al-Qadha al-’Ali
Ramses Street, Cairo, Egypt
Fax: + 202 574 0881
and to diplomatic representatives of Egypt accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 14 may 1998.

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