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Egypt: Further information on prisoners of conscience / fear of further POCs / fear of torture

, N° d'index: MDE 12/043/1997

Hamdein Sabbahi, journalist; Mohammad 'Abdu, veterinarian; Mohammad Sulayman Fayyad, lawyer; Hamdi Haykal, lawyer; and new arrest: Sayyed Ahmad al-Tokhi, human rights defender, lawyer: AI has received reports that Sayyed Ahmad al-Tokhi, a lawyer at the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), was arrested on 9 August 1997, allegedly in connection with his human rights work. There are fears that he may be at risk of torture and ill-treatment in custody.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 12/43/97
19 August 1997
Further information on UA 183/97 (MDE 12/36/97, 19 June 1997) and follow-ups
(MDE 12/37/97, 24 June, MDE 12/39/97, 3 July and MDE 12/41/97, 17 July) -
Prisoners of conscience / Fear of further POCs / Fear of torture
EGYPT Hamdein Sabbahi, journalist
Mohammad ‘Abdu, veterinarian
Mohammad Sulayman Fayyad, lawyer
Hamdi Haykal, lawyer
and new arrest: Sayyed Ahmad al-Tokhi, human rights defender, lawyer
Amnesty International has received reports that Sayyed Ahmad al-Tokhi, a lawyer
at the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), is being detained
allegedly in connection with his human rights work. He was arrested at Cairo
Airport on 9 August 1997 as he was boarding a plane to travel to the United
Arab Emirates. He was initially held in al-Mahkoum Prison in Tora where he
was said to have been ill-treated then transferred to Mazra’at Tora Prison
where he is currently held under a 15-day detention order. His detention is
believed to be connected to his peaceful anti-Law 96 activities. In view of
the reported torture of four men arrested earlier in connection with their
activities against Law 96 (named above, see original UA and previous updates)
and in view of reports that he was ill-treated while detained in al-Mahkoum
Tora prison, there are fears that Sayyed Ahmad al-Tokhi may be at risk of torture
and ill-treatment in custody.
Please continue action on behalf of Hamdein Sabbahi, Mohammad ‘Abdu, Mohammad
Sulayman Fayyad and Hamdi Haykal as outlined in previous update, (MDE 12/41/97,
17 July). In addition, please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in English, French, Arabic or in your own language:
- calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Sayyed Ahmad al-Tokhi
as a prisoner of conscience held solely for his non-violent activities connected
to criticism of Law 96 of 1992;
- seeking assurances that he is being humanely treated and that he has access
to his lawyers, families and to medical care if necessary;
- calling on the authorities to ensure that no others are arrested and detained
for exercising their right to peacefully criticize and protest against Law
96 of 1992.
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
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Cairo, Egypt
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Telexes: 21361 MOICM UN
Faxes: +202 355 7792
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES TO:
Ms Nayla Gabr
The Human Rights Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Corniche al-Nil, Cairo, Egypt
Faxes: +202 574 9808
Mr Raga' al-'Arabi
Public Prosecutor
Dar al-Qadha al-'Ali
Ramses Street
Cairo
Egypt
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 29 September 1997.

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