Hamalawy and Maged not questioned but asked to provide evidence of military police violations
Military prosecution did not, after all, question summoned journalists Hamalawy and Maged, but asked them to provide evidence of alleged military police violations
Salma Shukrallah , Tuesday 31 May 2011
Journalists Hossam Hamalawy & Reem Maged
Journalist and blogger Hossam El-Hamalawy and TV presenter Reem Maged who have been summoned on Monday for questioning by military prosecution were not in fact interrogated, lawyer says.
The head of military prosecution only discussed the statements made by El-Hamalawy on Maged’s television programme in an attempt to clarify the accusations which El-Hamalawy directed at the military police, according to lawyer Haitham Mohamadein. El-Hamalawy had criticized the military police for torturing activists and held the head of the military police responsible.
The head of the military prosecution asked El-Hamalawy for proof of military police violations, Mohamadein said.
A demonstration was staged by hundreds of activists as El-Hamalawy and Maged were at the military prosecution. Activists considered the summoning of the two journalists as an infringement on the freedom of expression and feared that the military prosecution will file charges.