CAIRO: Director of the minorities program of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) Mina Thabet was arrested early Thursday, less than a month after the ECRF board of trustees chairman was detained, according to a statement by the organization.
A group of plain-clothed men searched Thabet’s home in Cairo then took him in a private car which had a plate from the city of Alexandria, the statement said.
ECRF’s lawyer Duaa Mostafa said Assalam police station in Cairo, the closest to Thabet’s home, informed her that he was not at the station. The Facebook and Twitter accounts of Thabet have been closed.
Chairman of the ECRF board of trustees Ahmed Abdullah was also arrested in his home in the early hours of April 25 over charges of inciting protests against the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
Abdullah was also a legal consultant for murdered Italian doctoral student Giulio Regeni. His first hearing May 12 was attended by representatives from the embassies of the European Union, the U.S., the U.K. and Italy.