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Egypt: Further information on torture / fear of torture / possible prisoner of conscience: Mohammad Wagdi Mohammad Durra

, N° d'index: MDE 12/029/1996

Mohammad Wagdi Mohammad Durra was released on bail on 15 December 1996. He had converted from Islam to Christianity at the end of 1994, and had been arrested on 10 October 1996 accused of propagating information with the intention of causing insult to religions. Amnesty International is concerned that the charges against him have not been dropped and that he may still be tried solely on account of his conscientiously-held religious beliefs.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 12/29/96
Further information on UA 285/96 (MDE 12/28/96, 5 December 1996) - Torture/Fear
of Torture/Possible Prisoner of Conscience 23 December 1996
EGYPTMohammad Wagdi Mohammad Durra
Amnesty International welcomes information it has received that Mohammad Wagdi
Mohammad Durra was released on bail on 15 December 1996, following a ruling
by the North Cairo Court on 10 December. Mohammad Wagdi Mohammad Durra, who
converted from Islam to Christianity at the end of 1994, had reportedly been
arrested at his home in Tanta on 10 October 1996 and accused of propagating
information with the intention of causing insult to religions.
However, according to the information received by Amnesty International, the
charges brought against Mohammad Wagdi Mohammad Durra have not been dropped.
Amnesty International is concerned that he may still be tried and sentenced
solely on account of his conscientiously-held religious beliefs.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/express or airmail
letters in Arabic, English, French or your own language:
- welcoming the release on bail of Mohammad Wagdi Mohammad Durra;
- expressing concern that the charges against Mohammad Wagdi Mohammad Durra
have not been dropped, and that he may still be tried and sentenced solely
on account of his conscientiously-held religious beliefs;
- reiterating concern at the alleged torture of Mohammad Wagdi Mohammad Durra
after his arrest on 10 October 1996 in the SSI building in Tanta, and on two
earlier occasions in January 1995 and April 1996;
- urging that a full, independent and impartial enquiry be carried out into
the allegations of torture against him, that the methods and findings of this
investigation be made public within reasonable time and that anyone implicated
in perpetrating the torture against him be brought to justice without delay.
APPEALS TO:
His Excellency Mohammad Hosni Mubarak
President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
'Abedine Palace, Cairo, Egypt
Telegrams: President Mubarak, Cairo, Egypt
Telexes: 93794 WAZRA UN
Salutation: Your Excellency
General Hassan al-Alfy
Minister of the Interior
Ministry of the Interior
Al-Sheikh Rihan Street
Bab al-Louk
Cairo, Egypt
Telexes: 21361 MOICM
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Cairo, Egypt
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
Al-Mustashar Ahmad Sayyid Ahmad
Assistant Public Prosecutor and
Head of the Human Rights Department
The Public Prosecutors Office
Dar al-Qadha al-'Ali
2
Ramses Street, Cairo, Egypt
Ms Nayla Gabr
The Human Rights Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Corniche al-Nil, Cairo, Egypt
Fax: +20 2 574 7839
Dr Fathi Sorour
Speaker
The People's Assembly
Magles al-Sha'ab Street, Cairo, Egypt
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 12 February 1997.

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