Egyptian authorities release human rights lawyer Mohamed Ramadan pending investigation

Ahram Online , Monday 25 Jul 2022

Egyptian authorities released on Monday pretrial detainee and human rights lawyer Mohamed Ramadan pending investigation.

Mohamed Ramadan
A file photo of Egyptian human rights lawyer Mohamed Ramadan

 

A human rights lawyer and a leading member of the Socialist Alliance Party in Alexandria, Ramadan was arrested in December 2018 on charges related to spreading false news, joining an illegal group and inciting protests against the government, similar to the yellow vest protests in France during that time.

On Sunday, the prosecution ordered the release of 10 pretrial detainees pending investigation on charges related to spreading false news, according to human rights lawyer Khaled Ali.

This is the latest batch of pretrial detainees released pending investigations.

Earlier this month, the Egyptian authorities released over 60 pretrial detainees in what is described as the biggest release of pretrial detainees since the reactivation of the Presidential Pardon Committee in April.

Reactivated in April, the Presidential Pardon Committee is mandated to review the cases of those imprisoned for political crimes and others who meet certain conditions, such as families who have more than one relative in jail.

The restructured committee has said it will receive pardon requests through many avenues, including through the National Youth Conference’s website.

The committee will also receive requests through the Complaints Committee of the National Council for Human Rights and via email to the human rights committees in both the House of Representatives and Senate.

Pardon requests can also be submitted directly to the members of the Pardon Committee.

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