CAIRO: Seven activists hunger striking at a sit-in outside the National Council for Human (NCHR) rights since Monday are planning to end their sit-in Wednesday as they must appear in court on charges of breaking the protest law in November 2013.
“Accordingly, their sit-in at the NCHR should end tomorrow,” NCHR media Amgad Fathy spokesperson told The Cairo Post Tuesday.
Numerous activists, as well as members of Abdel Fatah’s family announced Sept. 4 they were starting a hunger strike to support detainees who are on a hunger strike, as well following Abdel Fatah’s initiative on Aug. 20. They called for an end to the protest law, condemned detainees’ torture in prison and demanded their release.
The Freedom for the Brave Movement accused the police and prosecution of “twisting the law” to keep Abdel Fatah jailed in a Tuesday statement.
Upon his initial arrest, Abdel Fatah “was beaten and his personal affairs were seized,” the group reported.
Abdel Fatah remained in police custody pending trial, “but the police would not set a date for his trial for at least four months,” it added.
Abdel Fatah and his co-defendants were sentenced to 15 years in prison in absentia, despite being present but kept out of the court by security forces.
“The Shura Council case is a clear example of ‘fair trials’ claimed by the regime. But unfortunately, what the youth in this case and other cases are facing nowadays is an abuse of basic justice and legal rules,” the group concluded.