Political activist Esraa Abdel Fatah
Egyptian military prosecutors have subpoenaed representatives of the Egyptian Democratic Academy, a non-profit political organisation that raises awareness about democracy and human rights.
According to Esraa Abdel Fatah, political activist and the head of the project administration at the academy , the subpoena summoned their representatives to appear before the military prosecution on 18 August for interrogation. Among those whose presence has been ordered are staff members Hossam Ali, Ahmed Ghoneim, Basem Samir and the academy’s legal consultant.
Abdel Fatah said that the subpoena did not specify why the academy was under investigation. However, she said that she suspects that the investigation might be related to a complaint the academy recently filed against General Hasan El-Roweiny, member of the ruling military council, who accused some revolutionary activists of being infiltrators with a foreign agenda.
The non-profit academy is was established in July 2009 and Esraa points out that the academy has followed all appropriate administrative and legal procedures when it filed for recognition with the Egyptian government, including revealing all of its foreign sources of funding in a transparent manner.