Egypt: Following Adel, Maher & Al-Naggar, New Communique Filed to Public Prosecutor to Investigate Incident of Eavesdropping On Asmaa Mahfouz

press release

Cairo: — Egyptian human rights organizations, today, filed a communique No. 34/2014 to Public Prosecutor in order to investigate an incident of eavesdropping on political activist "Asmaa Mahfouz" and violating her personal inviolability after the broadcast of her phone calls on "Black Box" talk show, which is presented by host "Abdel Reheem Ali" on Al-Kahra Wal Al-Nas" (Cairo & People) station.

The organizations, in their communique, asked Public Prosecutor to investigate the incident, particularly after the host is persisting on airing the rest of political activists' phone calls. Although the host is aware of the legal position of the crime of violating personal inviolability and those communiques filed to Public Prosecutor against him, by various political activists; he flagrantly breaches Egyptian laws as if he is above the law and immune to punishment.

On Tuesday December 31, the undersigned organizations filed a communique No. 19734/2013 (general attorney petitions) to investigate an incident of eavesdropping on Ahmed Maher- 6 April Youth Movement founder- and Mohamed Adel- a leader in the same movement. Political activist and former parliamentarian "Mustafa Al-Naggar" also filed a communique No. 19716/2013 (general attorney petitions) to investigate the incident of eavesdropping on him and airing his calls.

It is reported that the communiques bear Public Prosecution the responsibility of protecting personal inviolability of citizens, and demand to identify those who eavesdropped on activists and aired their calls. Moreover, the communiques called for questioning Vodafone and Etisalat companies in order to verify if they had gotten involved in recording these conversations, in addition to the disrespect for customers' privacy.

According to Penal Code Act, whoever violates the personal inviolability of citizens, including eavesdropping and broadcasting conversations conducted in a private place or via telephone, without the consent of those are concerned or in any impermissible cases, will be punished by imprisonment.

The undersigned organizations confirmed that they will not give up their legal struggle in order to hold perpetrators accountable. They will take all legal actions to reveal those who are responsible for eavesdropping on activists.

"The illegal leak of recorded calls illustrates the beginning of a campaign, by unknown bodies, through host "Abdel Reheem Ali" in order to morally assassinate activists, who took part in January 25th Revolution, and to defame them before Egyptian public opinion, said the organizations."

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