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Amnesty International demands Egypt release student held 2 years without charge

According to Amnesty International, the student is among more than 700 detainees held for more than two years in Egypt without a trial

Ahram Online , Wednesday 27 Jan 2016
Mahmoud Mohamed
Mahmoud Mohamed after his arrest in 2014 (Photo: Courtesy of Tarek Mohamed's page on Facebook)

International human rights organization Amnesty International has demanded on Tuesday the release of high school student Mahmoud Mohamed Hussein after two years of detention without charge.

Hussein was arrested on 25 January 2014, at the age of 17. He was reportedly targeted for wearing a shirt that read “nation without torture.”

Amnesty International stated that Hussein should be released immediately according to the Egyptian criminal procedures law.

"Under the provisions of Egypt’s Criminal Procedures Law (Article 143) a detainee facing accusations that could lead to life imprisonment or the death penalty must be released immediately if he or she is not sentenced within the pre-trial detention limit of two years," the statement read.

According to Amnesty International, Hussein is among more than 700 detainees held for more than two years without a trial across Egypt currently.

Hussein was arrested on 25 January 2014 -- the anniversary of the 2011 revolution -- as he was passing a northern Cairo security checkpoint on his way home after attending a protest against both "military rule and the Muslim Brotherhood."

Supporters of Hussein, who is accused of possessing ammunition and protesting illegally, say he was targeted by police for wearing a shirt with the words "nation without torture" written on it and a scarf with a 2011 uprising logo.

Amnesty International launched a campaign a few weeks ago calling for Mahmoud Mohamed Hussein’s release.

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