EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 12/32/97
11 June 1997
Further information on UA 130/97 (MDE 12/21/97, 2 May 1997) and follow-up (MDE
12/22/97, 7 May 1997) - Prisoner of conscience
EGYPTDr Ahmad al-Ahwany, university professor
Amnesty International has received information that prisoner of conscience
Dr Ahmad al-Ahwany was released on bail on 21 May 1997.
Dr Ahmad al-Ahwany had been arrested on 24 April 1997 and continuously detained
in Istiqbal Tora Prison. He had reportedly been accused of planning to
distribute documents that would allegedly damage public interests and
destabilize public order. However, it is believed that the reason for his arrest
and detention was that he was found to be in possession of a bulletin critical
of a new agricultural land law that permits landowners to evict tenants after
a grace period.
No further action is required from the UA Network at present. Thank you to
all those who sent appeals.