CAIRO: New Cairo prosecution has released three detained students from the German University in Cairo (GUC,) after being detained for four days pending investigations on charges of assaulting the university’s head and security guards, Youm7 reported Wednesday.
On May 23, GUC Students Union (SU) announced that New Cairo prosecution detained three student of the university, SU head Hazem Abdel Khalek, SU deputy head Karim Nagib and Student Alaa Al-Atar, after the university’s students held a March week-long sit-in protesting the death of their colleague Yara Tarek.
The university’s chairman filed a complaint against 11 students but only three received official summons, reported Al-Ahram Online Tuesday.
GUC SU said that after ending the sit-in, the university promised not to take any action against the students, but they were later informed of a complaint filed by the university administration, according to Al-Ahram.
Social media users shared a picture of Alaa Al-Atar, the third detained student, laughing while handcuffed, as well as pictures for the other students in jail.
SU launched a petition urging international universities that deal with the GUC to sever ties with it.
“Save the students of the GUC. The so called ‘German University’ is sending its students to jail in Egypt!” reads the petition.
On March 9, Yara Tareq, a first-year engineering student in the GUC, was killed after a university bus ran her over inside the university. GUC students were prompted to “strike” to bring perpetrators to justice.
Yara was standing next to a bus waiting to board before returning home at 5:00 p.m. Another bus approached quickly and ran over her, causing a fatal skull fracture.
A number of teaching staff announced their support of the striking students and canceled attendance and evaluations for the day in some faculties, according to the SU’s Facebook page.
Egyptian Higher Education Minister al-Sayyed Abdel-Khaleq, who called GUC chairman, said the ministry follows the prosecution investigations, adding that the bus driver was under investigation, according to Youm7.
On March 12, the accused bus driver was released from police custody pending investigations, Youm7 reported.
The Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court ordered the release of the driver after students testified that the university administration, not the driver, is responsible for Yara’s death.
Meanwhile, hundreds of students protested outside the university chairman’s office, where the teaching staff was holding an emergency meeting to discuss Yara’s case. They decide to continue protesting and called for postponing the academic year until the university is secure and fully-equipped with ambulances and increased parking spaces for buses.