Social activists launch campaign demanding lawyer’s release in Saudi Arabia
Ahmed al-Gizawi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Social activists launched a campaign called “Send fax to Interior minister to release Gizawi”, asking Mohamed Ibrahim to demand the release of Egyptian lawyer Ahmed al-Gizawi who was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

Gizawi’s sister Shereen demanded that Ibrahim send a request to release Gizawi according to the terms of amnesty in Saudi law.

The campaign published the ministry’s fax number and demanded for the ministry to take care of Gizawi’s case, who was proven innocent by the help of the legal advisor for the Egyptian consulate in Saudi Arabia Yasser Elwany.

Gizawi is a human rights lawyer who was detained by Saudi authorities in April 2012 for possession of drugs and sentenced by the Saudi Court of Appeals to five years in prison and 300 lashes.

The campaign called for Egyptians to participate in the campaign to urge the government “to do their job towards citizens and to defend their rights.”

“The Egyptian Ministry of Interior has nothing to do except interfere to save my brother’s life before the lashes verdict is implemented,” his sister Shereen told Youm7 on Wednesday.

The detention of Gazawi has sparked anger among political activists and human rights organizations. Rights activists said that he was arrested after he criticized the Saudi government.

The family of Gizawi hosted a press conference on Dec. 20, 2013 demanding that interim President Adly Mansour and Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi pressure Saudi authorities to release him.

Gizawi’s family also demanded, in a press statement, that former Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawy mediate the case.

According to Al-Masry Al-Youm, there were protests at the Saudi embassy in April in solidarity with Gizawi. The Saudi ambassador to Cairo was also summoned by the Egyptian government, according to state news agency SPA.

A number of political and revolutionary movements organized a protest at the Press Syndicate on April 17, demanding amnesty in commemoration of the third anniversary of his detention.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Harby.

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