Demo at Egypt presidential palace for three protesters detained by military

Ahram Online, Sunday 15 Jul 2012

Protest to take place Sunday 5pm outside presidential palace in support of protesters accused of 'attacking residence of SCAF member'; demonstrators demand release of all civilians in army jails

Detained members of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party

A protest will take place Sunday at 5pm in front of the presidential palace in Cairo’s Heliopolis, in solidarity with three members of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) who were arrested on Thursday.

Islam Amin, Karim El-Kanani and Mohamed Massoud were arrested by military police in Nasr City whilst raising awareness about Egypt's constitution.

The men are accused of attacking the private residence of General Hamdy Badeen, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the head of the military police, during a demonstration against military trials of civilians, and are being questioned by the military prosecutor's office.

The party has condemned the accusations as a "fabrication."

“The charges are fabricated and is a personal courtesy to satisfy the director of the military police, Hamdy Badeen,” a statement issued by the ESDP on Friday said.

The ESDP insisted that Kanany, Amin and Massoud were taking part in a campaign to raise awareness on the Egyptian constitution and were not part of any demonstrations against military trials.

The protest, which is sponsored by the ESDP and other activists, will be urging the president to demand the three men’s release, as well as the release of all civilians facing military trials.

President Mohamed Morsi recently formed a committee to review the status of all protesters arrested and detained by the military after the 25 January uprising, which has exceeded 12,000 people.

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