Egyptian lawyer and human rights activist Haitham Mohamadein detained since May 12, 2019

Egyptian lawyer and human rights activist Haitham Mohamadein detained since May 12, 2019

On May 12, 2019, human rights lawyer Haitham Mohamadein went missing after he was arrested at El Saf police station in Giza, where he had been summoned. He reappeared before the State Security Prosecution, which charged him in case No. 741 of 2019 and ordered his 15-day pre-trial detention. He is currently being held incommunicado at a Central Security Forces Camp on the Cairo-Alexandria desert road.
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May 29, 2019: MENA Rights Group requests intervention of several UN Special Procedures mandate holders.
May 16, 2019: Brought before State Security Prosecution, which charges him and orders his pre-trial detention for 15 days. Transferred to Central Security Forces Camp on the Cairo-Alexandria desert road.
May 14, 2019: Police officers submit report to the prosecution on Mohamadein’s alleged lack of compliance with probationary measures.
May 13, 2019: Police officers at first deny his detention, then acknowledge his custody in El Saf police station while denying his right to receive visits or make contact with the outside world.
May 12, 2019: Summoned to El Saf police station in Giza, arrested and disappeared.

On May 12, 2019, Mohamadein was summoned to El Saf police station in Giza in relation to the probationary measures issued against him in case No. 718 of 2018, a case in which he was charged on May 19, 2018 with “aiding a terrorist organisation to achieve its goals” and “calling for illegal protests”. His prosecution in this case was condemned by several UN Special Procedures in a joint allegation letter and a press release highlighting the “systematic targeting of human rights defenders” by the Egyptian authorities. 

After presenting himself at El Saf police station on May 12, 2019, Mohamadein went missing. On May 13, police officers at El Saf police station at first denied his detention, then later acknowledged his presence in the police station while denying his family and lawyer their right to visit or contact him.

On May 14, 2019, the police officers at El Saf police station submitted a report to the prosecution on Mohamadein’s alleged lack of compliance with his probationary measures in case No. 718 of 2018. However, Mohamadein was held in custody at the police station and neither he nor his lawyer were given the right to read or challenge the report. After the office of the prosecutor returned the report back to El Saf police station without any decision having been taken on the case, the police officers submitted the report to the prosecution for a second time on May 15.

On May 16, several of Mohamadein’s colleagues saw him by chance while he was being brought before the State Security Prosecution. They discovered that Mohamadein was being prosecuted in another case – No. 741 of 2019 – on allegations of “joining a terrorist group”. The prosecutor questioned him about his “suspected intention” to carry out advocacy and to protest or call for protests during the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, accusations that Mohamadein denied. The prosecutor ordered his 15-day pre-trial detention. Mohamadein was then transferred to a Central Security Forces Camp on the Cairo-Alexandria desert road, where he is currently being held. His family and lawyer have not been able to contact or visit him to date.