Attorney General releases dozens of student detainees
Attorney General HishamBarakat - YOUM7/Hossam Atef
By AHMED METWALY, NERMEEN SULIMAN and MAHMOUD RAGHEB

CAIRO: Attorney General Hisham Barakat ordered on Monday the release of 75 pro-Muslim Brotherhood students detained pending investigations over acts of violence that erupted in Cairo and Giza governorates during the past months, a judicial source told Youm7.

They were released pending investigations over several charges including inciting violence and disrupting education, according to the source.

The grounds of the exceptional decision were based on the status of the detainees being students and the social status of the defendants and their families.

The source further said that West Cairo Attorney General ordered the release of 40 students of Al-Azhar University that were in custody pending investigations over charges of inciting violence and raiding the Al-Azhar Sheikhdom last November.

The decision came in response to the students’ grievances presented in mid-February to Barakat requesting their release pending investigation over the above said charges in order to continue their study.

The source said that Barakat also ordered the release of another 13 pro-Brotherhood students of Al-Azhar University detained pending investigations over committing acts of violence in the university in January.

In response to 22 grievance requests presented by students of Cairo University requesting their release and the consideration of their status being students, South Giza Attorney General ordered their release, the source added.

In the same context North Giza Attorney General Ahmed Al Bokaly ordered the release of 29 student defendants detained pending investigations over staging an unlicensed protest during the third anniversary of the January 25 Revolution.

The decision took into account the status of the detainees being students.

The president of Egypt’s Student Unions (ESU) Mohamed Badran said that the Attorney General ordered the release of 53 students detained over charges of inciting violence and harming the national security.

He added that the decision is based on the report of the Ministry of Interior that denied the charges.

Badran cited an earlier promise by the interior minister to release the students whose police reports confirm their disaffiliation with the above charges.

The judge delivered the minister’s list of the names of the students not affiliated with violence acts. He added that he is currently coordinating with the Interior Ministry to release the rest of the names on the list.

Originally published in Youm7.

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