Alexandria activist Hassan Mostafa released pending trial

Ahram Online, Sunday 4 Aug 2013

Hassan Mostafa has been released without bail, pending trial in September on charges of smuggling arrested activists in Alexandria

Hassan Mostafa
Activist Hassan Mostafa

Activist Hassan Mostafa has been released by Alexandria Criminal Court Sunday pending trial. The court adjourned his case to 2 September.


Mostafa faces accusations of helping to smuggle those arrested at Alexandria Railway Station for blocking the tracks while protesting the Badrasheen rail accident in January that left at least 19 dead and over 100 wounded.  


Mostafa was arrested 21 January and faced with other accusations after attempting to file a complaint with Alexandria's prosecutor general on the absence of lawyers for the dozens arrested in the 20 January protests.


He was sentenced to one year in prison for physically attacking and verbally abusing prosecutor Ahmed Darwish while attempting to file his complaint.


However, on 7 July, Darwish withdrew his complaint against the Alexandria-based activist.


According to news reports, Darwish decided to withdraw the complaint because prominent activists and revolutionary groups, including the Rebel campaign, demanded Mostafa be released.


Supporting activists have claimed the charges were fabricated. Several demonstrations have been held in the coastal city campaigning for Mostafa's release.

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