April 6 to protest detention of Egyptian lawyer in Saudi

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Apr 2013

Ahmed El-Gizawi was jailed by Saudi authorities in 2012 for 'smuggling drugs' but supporters claim he was targeted for highlighting human rights abuses in the kingdom

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Demonstration in solidarity with Ahmed El-Gizawy at Saudi Arabia embassy in Cairo, 24 April, 2012 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

 

April 6 Youth Movement (Democratic Front) has announced plans to join forces with the family of Ahmed El-Gizawi, an Egyptian lawyer detained in Saudi Arabia, in a silent protest on Wednesday outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Cairo.

The protest, which marks a year since El-Gizawi's detention, will press for his release and condemn "negligence by the Egyptian authorities and Saudi Arabia's intransigent position on the issue."

In January, a Saudi court sentenced El-Gizawi to five years in jail and 300 lashes.

He was detained by Saudi authorities in April 2012 as he entered the kingdom to perform Umrah, a Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, for allegedly smuggling drugs into the country.

A march will begin from Cairo University in Giza to the Saudi embassy in Dokki, the group said in a Tuesday statement.

The youth group also announced its intention to send a delegation to meet the Saudi ambassador to request an amnesty for El-Gizawi.

Egyptian activists say the charges were trumped up by the Saudis after El-Gizawi's public denunciation of human rights violations in the Gulf kingdom.

Egyptians have arranged several protests over his arrest, leading the Saudis to recall their ambassador in April 2012.
 

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