Appeals court releases Marsa Matrouh lawyers pending hearing next month

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 22 Jan 2023

A court of appeals has ordered the release of six lawyers in Marsa Matrouh who were sentenced last week to two years in prison for assaulting three clerks during a court session earlier this month.

A group of lawyers gathered before the Marsa Matrouh's complex court before the start to today's session to express their support to the jailed lawyers. (photo: the official Facebook page of the Egyptian lawyers syndicate)


The lawyers have been released pending a hearing by the court of appeals set for 5 February.

The clerks have recanted their accusations against the lawyers, saying that the incident "had not gone beyond a verbal altercation."

The Lawyers Syndicate has suspended a strike it announced on Wednesday after the lawyers were sentenced to prison.

In its call for a strike, the syndicate denounced what it described as "the rush to bring them to trial without taking the time to carry out a real investigation."

Many lawyers took to social media to support the strike, launching the hashtag “the dignity of lawyers is a red line” in Arabic.

In response to the strike, Egypt’s Judges Club said on Wednesday that its board was following up on the issue and would take the appropriate response in a timely manner.

The club added that any violations or insults on social media against the Egyptian judiciary, judges or employees would be reported to the authorities.

A group of lawyers gathered in front of the Marsa Matrouh appeals court before today's session to express their support for the jailed lawyers.

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