Cairo On — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) says "Both of Murad AlMehrzy- a photographer in Astrolabe TV, and Naser El-Din Sahli- a filmmaker, will appear, on Thursday 5 September, before the Court of First Instance in Tunis for the consideration of the first session of their trial over the charges of attacking a government employee, being drunk, disturbing and insulting through the means of communications along with slander. This is against the backdrop of a complaint filed by the minister of culture against them.
The security forces, on 18 August, stormed and inspected the photographer's him without mentioning any reasons. He was taken to the national security zone in El-Gorjani; in virtue of an arrest warrant issued by District Attorney. It was issued because Murad AlMehrzy filmed the recognition ceremony of the late artist Azzouz Al-Shenawi, where the incident of throwing eggs at the Tunisian minister of culture by the attendees took place.
On the other hand, the filmmaker "Naser El-Din Sahli" was arrested in Sousse city, on 21 August; in virtue of an arrest warrant issued because of his participation in the incident of throwing eggs at the minister of culture during the ceremony.
The Tunisian prosecution has accused both of them of attacking a government employee, although what the photographer has done is shooting the incident during his presence in the recognition ceremony. In addition, the Astrolabe TV announced, in a statement, that the photographer attended the ceremony due to an official invitation from the channel's board, and filmed what happened, as it is a part of his job.
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information is surprised with trumping up the accusation of being drunk for the photographer and filmmaker, whereas the police arrested them few days after the incident took place, which is impossible to prove they were drunk.
ANHRI confirms its refusal of the false accusations for the photographer Murad AlMehrzy, who committed nothing except doing his job. It also refuses the charges against the filmmaker Naser El-Din Sahli; represented in being drunk and insulting a government employee.
ANHRI said it would provide both of the photographer and filmmaker all the legal support via its office in Tunisia, as the lawyers will attend the hearings to defend them.
ANHRI demands the drop of all the charges against the photographer, Murad AlMehrzy, and the filmmaker, Naser El-Din Sahli, and setting them free.