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Egyptian rights lawyer detained in Saudi to be flogged on 25 Jan: Sister

Sherine El-Gizawy says her brother Ahmed, a human rights lawyer detained in Saudi Arabia since 2012, will be publicly whipped on the third anniversary of the Egyptian 25 Jan Revolution

Ahram Online, Wednesday 25 Dec 2013
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Egyptian Lawyer, Ahmed El-Gizawi detained at Saudi Arabia (Photo: Ahram)
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Human rights lawyer Ahmed El-Gizawy is to be flogged in a Saudi Arabian public square on 25 January, according to a statement posted by his sister Sherine El-Gizawy on her Facebook page Tuesday.

Celebrated in Egypt as the 25 January Revolution, the highly symbolic date marks the day that ignited the popular uprising which toppled long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak three years ago following 30 years of his undemocratic rule.

"In honour of the Egyptian revolution, Saudi authorities have decided to flog Gizawy in a public square on 25 January," Sherine El-Gizawy wrote on her Facebook page.

In January 2013, a Saudi court sentenced Ahmed El-Gizawy to five years in jail and 300 lashes (to be handed in separate sessions of 50 at a time) over accusations of drug smuggling. The verdict was confirmed by an appeals court last week, according to the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI). The NGO said on Sunday it expected the penalty to be executed within a month.

As he entered the kingdom to perform the Muslim pilgrimage of Umrah in April 2012, Gizawy was detained by Saudi authorities for allegedly smuggling drugs into Saudi Arabia. Egyptian activists say the charges were trumped up by the Saudis after his public criticisms of human rights violations in the Gulf kingdom.

ANHRI said Gizawi's arrest came after he filed a lawsuit before the Egyptian Administrative Court against Saudi authorities because of the mistreatment of Egyptian citizens working in Saudi Arabia.

"Egyptian authorities should react immediately to rescue an Egyptian citizen from such a harsh penalty that violates all international legislations and human rights principles," ANHRI said on Sunday.

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democracia
26-12-2013 11:28am
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I pray
I pray (and I don't pray much) for the day, the oil is finished... I hope it will come soon. Because then those stone age Saudis will go where they come from: to absolute meaninglessness for the rest of the world...
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Khalid
26-12-2013 08:23am
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Beggers
If your leader and rulers become beggers and slaves of the Monarchs then your citizen will be treated like this.Rulers don't have courage to stand up for their citizen,they are just slaves.
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Nasir
25-12-2013 07:42pm
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Idiot
Bottom line is you can be certain or uncertain he should not have been bringing drugs into Saudi Arabia your nationality takes a back seat he gets what he deserves
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Sherif
25-12-2013 05:35pm
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Egypt must stand up for its citizens
I am absolutely certain that Saidi Arabia would not have dared do this if this man was an American citizen.
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Farhan
26-12-2013 11:22am
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They always stand up for Israeli and American citizens
That's why they block Gaza borders and declare biggest political party a terrorist organization.
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Alexander
25-12-2013 04:01pm
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No to the penalty
To abandon this man is to betray Egypt. The penalty in this case reflects hatred of Egypt's progress on the part of Saudi Arabia.
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