CAIRO: The family of Alaa Abd El Fattah staged a sit-in at the Supreme Judiciary Court headquarters Wednesday after going on hunger strike in protest of his detainment as well as the recent three-year sentence against his youngest sister, Sanaa Seif.
“I and my mum submitted to the Attorney General a notification about our full hunger strike – food and water- protesting the judiciary verdicts against Sanaa and the imprisonment of Alaa,” wrote Alaa’s sister Mona Seif on her Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, adding they had just started their protest in the court “near the lawyers’ room the place we used to visit with Dad.”
Mona requested that those who support her family not come to the court for fear of any further arrests or detentions.
Laila Souief, Alaa and Sanaa’s mother, posted Monday on her Facebook account, “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.”
She added that she and her daughter Mona joined the hunger strike 54 days ago, showing solidarity with the strikers and detainees inside jails.
Sanaa and Yara Sallam, along with 22 co-defendants, were sentenced Sunday to three years in prison and a 10,000 EGP ($1,400) fine after being in pre-trial detention more than 100 days for demonstrating against the 2013 Protest Law.
A criminal court ordered the imprisonment of Alaa and 24 other defendants and adjourned their trial to Nov. 11 although he and was released on $700 bail Sep. 15 over charges of attacking security forces during an illegal demonstration in front of the Shura Council last November.
The Attorney General Hisham Barakat ordered Tuesday on investigation of Alaa for allegedly insulting the army on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, Al Arabyia reported.