Detention of Al Jazeera’s hunger-striking Elshamy, 500 others renewed
Reporter for Al-Jazeera Arabic Abdullah Al-shamy - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court renewed the detention of hunger striking Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy and 500 others until June 5 without setting a reason, defense team lawyer Osama Taha told Youm7 Tuesday.

The defendants have been detained on remand since Aug. 14, 2013, while present at the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in. After a month and a half of encampment, hundreds were killed during the sit-in’s dispersal by security forces.

Shamy has been on hunger strike since Jan. 21, according to his brother Mosa’ab. Gehad Khaled, Shamy’s wife, previously announced a hunger strike in solidarity with her husband, and wrote on her Twitter account on May 15 that she had learned Tora Prison had begun force-feeding Shamy.

The defendants face charges of resisting authorities with force and violence, possessing unlicensed firearms and ammunition, disturbing public security and torching Rabaa al-Adaweya Mosque.

The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) announced Sunday that it gained an approval from the Attorney-General to visit Shamy to inspect his condition and is arranging a date for the visit with the Ministry of Interior.

The NCHR emphasized that on-remand detainees should be brought to trial or released, and that pre-trial detention “should not exceed the time needed for investigations to be conducted.”

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