12 January 2013

Egypt: The Attorney General Must Stop the Mockery Investigation to the Activists of 6 of April Movement in Minya

press release

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, today, denounces the summons of three activists from 6th of April movement in Manya by the public prosecution to investigate them in a report submitted by a member of the freedom and justice party on the background of graffiti during the peaceful demonstrations on December 14, 2012.

The facts of the report back to December 14, 2012, when different political forces in Manya governorate organized a peaceful demonstration call on for voting by no to the draft of the constitution on the morning of the following day of (Saturday December 15, 2012). In the frame of the protest's events, a group of 6th of April movement activists draw a graffiti to the martyr Gika (who died as a result of injuries during the clashes in the street of Simon Bolivar in Tahrir square, in a previous time). According to the statements made by the activists of 6th of April, they said they were surprised when a huge number to who affiliate to MB and Freedom and Justice Party (the political arm of MB), assaulted them and took them to the head quarter of the freedom and justice party, where they were assaulted until the people and activists from several powers gathered in front of the headquarter which made the police forces come and arrest them for sometime, as "Hamdi Thabet" member of Shoura council from FJP and the member of MB, filed a report no. 12102 administrative Manya of 2012 against them, then they were released after a while.

Three of them; "Abdu Osama, Mina Roushdi and Ahmed Samir" were summoned by the public prosecution on Thursday January 10, 2013, to investigate them regarding to what was written in the report related to insulting the president Morsi.

ANHRI said that "the facts and the circumstances related to the process of filing the record against 6th of April activists, stating the malicious charges pressed on them. The public prosecution should have dropped all the charges and investigate the fact of assaulting the activists in addition to custody them illegally by the members of the freedom and justice party in the headquarter of the party".

ANHRI added "repeating of such facts in which who affiliate to MB and the members of its political parry violated the law by assaulting the who oppose the president, MB and its party in addition to held them into custody then to submit them to the policemen and filing reports against them in the light of the cooperation between the security authorities and the investigative authorities of the public authorities acceptance, sometimes, to this illegal way, are violations that arouse serious concerns in which the executive and the judicial authorities of the state to be a tool in the hand of the new ruling party to be used against the political opponent while its members enjoy the immunity which allow them of impunity when they violate the law".

ANHRI calls on the public prosecution to drop all the malicious charges pressed on the activists and calls on investigate the facts of assaulting the activists and prosecute who involved in such assault. ANHRI calls, especially, the General Attorney "Talaat Abdullah" to work on keeping the public prosecution as an investigative authority and part of the judiciary authority fully independent as it is the only guarantee for justice and the rule of law.

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