CAIRO: Laila Soueif, mother of Alaa Abdel Fattah and Sanaa Seif, announced that she and daughter Mona would escalate their hunger strike and refrain from water as well, after the “unjust” jailing of her children.
“Yesterday, my daughter, Sanaa was sentenced to three years, and today Alaa was going to attend his session in the Shura Council demonstrations, as he was released on bail earlier along with his colleagues. They even didn’t try to escape, but also without justification they were arrested,” Soueif wrote on her Facebook account Monday, adding that she and her daughter Mona joined the hunger strike 54 days ago, showing solidarity with the strikers and detainees inside jails,
Sanaa Seif was tried for demonstrating in front of the Ithadeya presidential palace along with 23 co-defendants in violation of the 2013 Protest Law, which criminalizes any protest conducted without official permission from security forces. She and other demonstrators were arrested June 21, and kept in jail pending investigations until the final verdict was issued Sunday.
“Sanaa joined the hunger strike Aug 28; this means 61 days of striking to refuse the 2013 law, and showing solidarity with detained activists who were jailed unjustly, including her” Soueif wrote.
Abdel Fattah and 24 co-defendants were charged with attacking security forces during an illegal demonstration in front of the Shura Council last November.
Abdel Fattah was sentenced in absentia last June to 15 years in jail and fined 100,000 EGP ($14,000), but the case was later appealed.