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Egypt to release of 15 female detainees from pretrial detention

On July 17th and 18th, 2021, a truck ad drove through Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia displaying the faces of 12 political prisoners in Egypt that are facing the death penalty [The Freedom Initiative/Flickr]
On July 17th and 18th, 2021, a truck ad drove through Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia displaying the faces of 12 political prisoners in Egypt that are facing the death penalty [The Freedom Initiative/Flickr]

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.

READ: Families of Egypt prisoners complain of ill-treatment by police

The 15 women are

  1. Iman Salem Mukhtar Abdel-Rahman
  2. Nesma jomaa Salem
  3. Amal Mohamed Ibrahim Shehata
  4. Mai Mohamed Mustafa Ibrahim
  5. Fatima Al-Zahra Mustafa Magdy
  6. Nariman Eid Mohamed Sulaiman
  7. Yasmin Salem Sulaiman Mohamed
  8. Fathia Radwan Odeh Sulaiman
  9. Fatima Abdel-Maqsoud Mohamed Hussein
  10. Rahma Essam Said Sayed
  11. Safaa Faraj Eid Sulaiman
  12. Najah Ahmed Selmi Farag
  13. Hind Mosleh Naser Selmi
  14. Noha Yahya Aziz Mohamed
  15. 1Maryam Ibrahim Saleh Al-Deeb
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