16 December 2013

Egypt: General Attorney Should Punish the Prosecution's Member Who Jailed a Student and His Father Due to Ruler With Rabaa Slogan, and Investigate the Incidents of Rabaa Al-Adawiya Dispersal

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Cairo: — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, said that the decision made by Kafr El-Sheikh Prosecution to jail a father of a student who was holding a ruler printed with Rabaa Slogan for four days pending investigations over the charge of inciting his son to hold this ruler is an illegal, arbitrary and unfair decision. The attorney general should punish those who made that decision, as punishment and accountability must be carried out due to breaching the law, rather than expressing your opinions.

Within the past hours, Kafr El-Sheikh Prosecution ordered to imprison "Mohamed Abdel Ghani"- the father of student "Khaled Abdel Ghani" who is accused of possessing a ruler printed with Rabaa Al-Adwiya slogan. The father is accused of inciting his son to hold a ruler with the Rabaa slogan!

General Counsel for Kafr El-Sheikh Prosecution on Saturday, December 14, ordered to arrest "Mohamed Abdel Ghani" and two teachers at the secondary industrial school in Baltim over the accusation of inciting a student to hold that ruler.

The police has arrested student "Khaled Abdel Ghani" last month on an accusation of possessing a ruler printed with Rabaa slogan, following a communique filed by the headmaster against the student, as the latter had insisted on using the ruler inside the classroom. On December 9, Baltim Prosecution at Kafr El-Sheikh governorate extended the detention of the student for 15 days pending investigations.

ANHRI said, "The decision made by the Prosecution to jail the student's father over a charge of inciting his son to hold a ruler with Rabaa slogan as well as the imprisonment of the student are unfair decisions that breach the law. This slogan has many explanations, like a call for investigating the dispersal of Rabaa Al-Adawiya, or expresses grief over those who had been killed during the dispersal. It also may refer to the support of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi. However, this doesn't mean to punish whoever holds the slogan, but it necessitates to open a fair investigation into the incidents, in addition to announcing its result so as to achieve rule of law. The law doesn't punish those who express their opinions, but it should hold the violators and criminals accountable.

ANHRI calls upon The General Attorney to release the student and his father urgently, to drop all charges against them and to ensure their safety. It also demands the release of all detainees, who are imprisoned for their peaceful opinions.

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