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Egypt: Human Rights Defender Detained and Tortured: Patrick Zaki George

, Index number: MDE 12/1800/2020

On 7 February 2020, airport immigration officers arbitrarily arrested and tortured human rights defender Patrick Zaki George at 4:30 am upon his arrival at Cairo airport on charges including “disseminating false news”, “inciting to protest” and "incitement to violence and terrorist crimes". In detention, National Security Agency officers questioned and tortured him before he appeared in front of the prosecutor the following day.