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Urgent Action update: Pre-trial detention for human rights defender

On 9 February, a judge ordered the pre-trial detention of human rights defender and lawyer Ezzat Ghoniem for 45 days pending investigation. Ezzat Ghoniem and Azzoz Mahgoub were detained on March 1, 2018. The court ordered their release on probation on 4 September 2018, provided they report to a police station twice a week. They were never released, and on September 14 they were forcibly disappeared by the authorities. On 20 October 2018, an arrest warrant was issued against them for not respecting the probational terms – which they could not apply as being forcibly disappeared. Ezzat Ghoniem remained forcibly disappeared until February 9, when lawyers saw him at the Cairo Criminal Court. Azzoz Mahgoub is still held incommunicado.

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Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or Arabic to:


Public Prosecutor
Mr. Nabil Sadek 
Office of the Public Prosecutor, 
Dar alQada al-Ali, Down Town
Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt
Fax: +202 2577 4716
Salutation: Dear Counsellor 


And copies to:

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi 
Office of the President 
Al Ittihadia Palace 
Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt 
Fax +202 2391 1441 
Salutation: Your Excellency 

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

HIS EXCELLENCY MR TAREK AHMED IBRAHIM ADEL, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, 26 South Street W1K 1DW, 020 7499 3304/2401, Fax 020 7491 1542, and

Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.

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