Human rights lawyer Hoda Abdul Moenem Aziz arbitrarily detained amidst wave of arrests in Egypt

Human rights lawyer Hoda Abdul Moenem Aziz arbitrarily detained amidst wave of arrests in Egypt

Human rights lawyer Hoda Abdul Moenem Aziz was abducted by state security forces at her house in Cairo on November 1, 2018. On November 21, she reappeared at the office of the state security prosecutor in Cairo, where she was accused of "joining an illegal group" and "inciting harm to the national economy", and placed in pre-trial detention.
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November 24, 2018: State security prosecutor orders pre-trial detention
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November 1, 2018: Disappears following arrest by state security forces in Cairo

On November 1, 2018, at around 1 a.m., state security forces broke into Hoda’s house in Cairo and arrested her without a warrant, taking her to an unknown location. For 21 days, her fate and whereabouts remained unknown. She reappeared on November 21, 2018, at the office of the state security prosecutor in Cairo, who accused her of "joining an illegal group" and "inciting harm to the national economy", and ordered her pre-trial detention.

Hoda’s arrest took place amidst a wave of arrests occurring in late October 2018, which targeted at least 40 human rights lawyers and activists.