CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court renewed Wednesday the detention of hunger-striking Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy and 500 other defendants for 45 days.
The defendants have been detained on remand since Aug. 14, 2013, after being arrested 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, 2014.
Earlier Wednesday, the National Council for Human Rights visited Shamy and political activist Mohamed Sultan, after news of their deteriorating health conditions became public, according to NCHR member George Ishaq in a press statement.
An anonymous NCHR member told Youm7 that Shamy’s and Sultan’s health statuses are stable.
Ishaq said the council will issue its report on the visit Thursday. The NCHR team consisted of Ishaq, Salah Salem, Naser Amen, Shahenda Maklad, Ragya Omran, Monsef Nageeb, Nabil Shalaby and Motaz Fady.