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Report: Public prosecution biased and unethical

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Watchdog claims prosecution made over EGP 1m from bail charges in 90 days

According to the report, the public prosecution had ordered four days of preventative detention for 703 suspects from 24 January until 4 May in Cairo alone. (AFP/ File photo / Mahmoud Khaled)

According to the report, the public prosecution had ordered four days of preventative detention for 703 suspects from 24 January until 4 May in Cairo alone.
(AFP/ File photo / Mahmoud Khaled)

The My Country My Rights campaign accused the public prosecution of holding detainees illegally, abusing prisoners, and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood regime in a report published on Monday.

According to the report, the public prosecution had ordered four days of preventative detention for 703 suspects from 24 January until 4 May in Cairo alone. Another 244 suspects were preventatively detained for 15 days by the prosecution following their investigation.

The campaign stated that the prosecution appealed the release of at least 127 detainees, and described this as an attempt to “exhaust the detainees’ families”.

The campaign also reported that at least 284 detainees were illegally held at Central Security Forces camps. According to the report, 121 detainees were held at Tora camp, 91 at Al-Gabal Al-Ahmar camp and 72 at Al-Salam camp. Detainees held at central security camps are held without official papers and are subject to physical, psychological and sexual torture, the report claimed.

The campaign stated that 19 detainees arrested on 29 January were subjected to investigation at Al-Salam camp where prosecutors were sent to question them.

The report added that some detainees were questioned at dawn without legal representation. It cited two incidents where investigations were held at dawn; one on 9 February involving eight detainees and the other on 18 March involving 15 detainees.

The report claimed that from 28 January and until 17 April, the prosecution collected EGP 1,007,500 in bail fees from 459 detainees across eight governorates.

The largest amount of bail money was collected in Cairo governorate, with 193 detainees paying EGP 413,000 in total. EGP 168,500 was collected in bail from 41 detainees in Alexandria governorate.

The report stated that 319 ‘revolutionary figures’ were referred to trial in 38 different cases and documented 52 military trials in nine different cases during the nine months of President Mohamed Morsi’s rule.

My Country My Rights is a watchdog campaign whose goal is to achieve retribution for all victims who were killed, detained or injured during the 25 January revolution.

The report was prepared by Ahmed Atef, a campaign member who is also working on a report to be released soon calculating the number of those arrested since Morsi assumed power. Initial figures suggest that at least 3,413 people were arrested.

  • sam enslow

    If you want a country to collapse, have the people believe the law is not valid and applies selectively. Without taking a position on this article, it represents as belief held by many in Egypt that the law is for sale and a game played not for justice but to protect political power by ALL sides. The lack of public information given out and secrecy of trials only strengthens that belief. Had trials which resulted in “unacceptable” verdicts been televised, for example, the people could have made up their minds who or what was responsible for their disappointment, judges, prosecutors, or police (evidence). When information is not available, conspiracies grow like weeds. No one believes anyone but watches to see what games are being played. Only dirty business needs to be secret. Law enforcement and all other government business needs to be carried out in the sunshine or the question will always be, “What are they trying to hide?”

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