Human rights organisations and activists yesterday welcomed Egypt's decision to release 15 female detainees after they spent two years in pretrial detention.
The Belady – An Island for Humanity organisation said a Cairo criminal court decided to release the 15 female detainees yesterday, noting that the defendants faced charges of "publishing false news and statements, misusing social media, and promoting ideologies of a terrorist group".
Earlier, the head of the Reform and Development Party, Muhammad Anwar Al-Sadat, announced that the judicial bodies and the Public Prosecution Office will discuss the cases of pretrial detainees, in preparation for their release within a few days.
In a brief press statement issued yesterday, he said: "In the framework of activating the national strategy for human rights, work is now underway, with the judiciary and the Public Prosecution, to review the cases of pre-trial detainees in preparation for their release within the next few days."
Meanwhile, the Cairo Criminal Court also accepted the appeals submitted by activist Esraa Abdel-Fattah, against the travel ban issued against her.
The 15 women are
- Iman Salem Mukhtar Abdel-Rahman
- Nesma jomaa Salem
- Amal Mohamed Ibrahim Shehata
- Mai Mohamed Mustafa Ibrahim
- Fatima Al-Zahra Mustafa Magdy
- Nariman Eid Mohamed Sulaiman
- Yasmin Salem Sulaiman Mohamed
- Fathia Radwan Odeh Sulaiman
- Fatima Abdel-Maqsoud Mohamed Hussein
- Rahma Essam Said Sayed
- Safaa Faraj Eid Sulaiman
- Najah Ahmed Selmi Farag
- Hind Mosleh Naser Selmi
- Noha Yahya Aziz Mohamed
- 1Maryam Ibrahim Saleh Al-Deeb