CAIRO: A delegation of the Dostour Party, George Ishaq of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) and ex-presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi met Monday with Attorney General Hisham Barakat to demand the release of a number of detained students.
The students include a member of the Popular Current Party and Dostour Party members in addition to 24 demonstrators who were detained at Ithadeya presidential palace protests in June.
Sabbahi requested the release of student Amr Saleh of the Faculty of Commerce at Damanhur University, who has been detained since July 30 in Alexandria under accusations he belonged to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Sabbahi said that these accusations are totally false, as Saleh is a member of the Popular Current Party and was a member of Sabbahi’s presidential campaign, Al-Watan reported.
The former spokesperson of the National Salvation Front and current spokesperson of Dostour Party, Khaled Dawood, told The Cairo Post that the delegation had presented five official requests to Barakat calling for the release of students.
Dawood said they requested the release of student Mohamed Abdel Wahed, a senior at the Applied Art Faculty in Helwan University, and a member of the Dostour Party who has been in custody for almost nine months along with six other students and members of the party.
He added that Abdel Wahed was arrested on Jan. 12, 2014 during clashes in front of Cairo University while talking photos for Al-Mwaten news website where he works.
“Abdel Wahed has been detained in the police station since he was arrested and he is also accused of joining a terrorist group, inciting violence and riots in addition to attacking police and security,” Dawood said. “All this, even though he was only doing his job.”
Dawood mentioned that Abdel Wahed is living in very bad circumstances in the prison and that he announced a hunger strike Friday, objecting to the “harsh actions” of prison security.
Dawood added that the delegation also requested the release of 24 demonstrators who were arrested outside Ithadeya presidential palace on June 21, including activist Sanaa Seif, the sister of activist Alaa Abdel Fatah.
Dawood also added that Barakat said he will consider the requests, but added that he could only look into the cases still in front of the general prosecution, “but not those that are already in the courts.”