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Prosecution releases Egyptian detainee who was handcuffed after giving birth

Public outcry after frail mother seen handcuffed to bed in hospital in pictures circulating on social media

Ahram Online , Saturday 15 Feb 2014
Dahab Hamdy
Dahab Hamdy handcuffed to a bed with her newborn baby by her side (Photo: Facebook)
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Egypt’s prosecutor-general has ordered the release of a woman who was detained in January while eight months pregnant, and who was pictured handcuffed to a hospital bed after giving birth this week.

Dahab Hamdy, 18, is charged with belonging to a terrorist group and joining an unauthorised protest. According to her husband, Ashraf Sayed, she was on her way to the doctor when she passed near a protest by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Shubra in Cairo, and was arrested.

Her order of detention was renewed three times, each for a period of fifteen days.

Hamdy’s case angered many after she gave birth on Thursday via a caesarian section, and a picture of her handcuffed to bed with her newly-born baby next to her went viral on social networks.

In a phone interview on Friday, her husband Sayed told anchor Mahmoud Saad on Nahar TV channel that his wife remained handcuffed while she was inside Al-Zatoon hospital in Cairo, and was unable to breastfeed her child.

However, an official from the interior ministry told Saad that Hamdy is receiving “full medical care” adding that the photo of her handcuffed “might have been taken while she was being transported to the hospital.”

The National Council for Human Rights has requested an investigation into the photo of Dahab handcuffed, said lawyer Ragia Omran via Twitter on Friday.

Sixteen human rights organisations released a statement on Wednesday demanding swift investigations into what they described as increasing and shocking allegations of torture and sexual assaults against those currently in detention.

While campaigns continue against arbitrary arrests and illtreatment of detainees, the interior ministry released a statement denying allegations. 

On Wednesday, dozens of detainees were released.

 

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Allen
16-02-2014 05:15pm
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An loser unfit to be a mother.
She must have no love, or respect for the child to be out there jeopardizing an innocent unborn in the final month of her pregnancy. Obviously supporting terrorism is more important to this pathetic creature then her baby's life.
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SAWSAN MOSTAFA ALI
16-02-2014 08:13am
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SHE DID A CRIMINAL ACT
SHE WAS ARRESTED BECAUSE SHE DID A CRIMINAL ACT . WHY HAVEN'T HER RESPECTED HERSELF AND HER PREGNANCY AND STAYED AT HOME? WHY HAVE HER GONE OUT TO PARTICIPATE IN EKHWAN MARCHES TO STOP OTHER PEOPLE FROM VOTING AT THE CONSTITUTION? ANYWAY THE GEN.PROSECUTOR HAS RELEASED HER DUE TO HUMAN REASONS.
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Most likely entirely innocent
17-02-2014 05:23pm
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Victim of the MOI
There is no real evidence or reason to believe that the accusations against her are true in any sense. What evidence is there that she even supports the Ikwan? Because the MOI said so? The MOI lies all the time, it is not a credible source of info.
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Maria Allen
16-02-2014 02:49am
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Why we shouldn't depend on the Interior Ministry for information
Apparently the Interior Ministry spoksman didn't read the newspaper article which described Dahab Hamdy as having delivered via caesarian section. It seems highly unlikely that her baby would have been born before she was taken to the hospital; and yet, her baby is in the picture. It is obvious that this photo was taken after she arrived at the hospital. And, just as obviously, the Interior Ministry spoksman is either not very bright or is lying.
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George Masri
15-02-2014 09:17pm
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animals, animals, animals
Even Israel doesn't do that? Is this the civility of liberalism and secularism? Long live the MB. I am sorry for having demonstrated against the MB. Shame on you
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Uplift it
15-02-2014 05:46pm
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Saudi tyranny
Saudi antifeminism is spreading into Egypt.
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Uplift it
15-02-2014 05:43pm
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Misogynists will vote down this comment
This whole incident was barbaric and misogynistic.
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Probable explanation
18-02-2014 05:57am
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Ministry is embarassed by the article.
You can see how obsessed with and embarrassed by this topic the Ministry of Interior is. Notice how every few hours there are drastic vote changes in mass rather than these votes changing gradually? These numbers are not normal for most Ahram articles and probably represent the MOI prowling the pages for any criticism of its actions. Look at how many up votes comments calling for murder and incitement get. You can be sure that the release of this women is a sore subject for those who got caught doing this stuff against her. If voting on the article were possible, the spam votes would be out in force.
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17-02-2014 08:30am
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God help the Egyptian people
if the 83 dislikes is representative of them. If Egypt is the center of the Arab world, no wonder the Arab world is in shambles. They accuse the Brothers of fascism after just one year, but they dont seem to realize what's going on right now is textbook fascism.
Nader
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God help the Egyptian people
if the 83 dislikes is representative of them. If Egypt is the center of the Arab world, no wonder the Arab world is in shambles. They accuse the Brothers of fascism after just one year, but they dont seem to realize what's going on right now is textbook fascism.
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