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Misr Al-Qawia Party deplores authorities’ “fabrication… and spun lies”

Clashes erupted between Students Against the Coup demonstrators and Central Security Forces on 12 January 2014 (Photo by Ahmed Al-Malky)

Clashes erupted between Students Against the Coup demonstrators and Central Security Forces on 12 January 2014
(Photo by Ahmed Al-Malky)

The Giza Prosecution released 42 students on bail Saturday after they faced investigations following their arrest during clashes between security forces and police at Cairo University on Thursday.

Chairman of Misr Al-Qawia Party’s Student Movement, Mahmoud Omar said 42 people had been arrested in relation to Thursday’s violence. “27 were arrested at the university and 15 others were arrested away from the university.” Omar said that some were arrested as they went to hospital for treatment after sustaining injuries during the clashes.

Misr Al-Qawia published a statement on Saturday condemning the “continuing fabrication of issues and spun lies” in relation to the arrest of one of its student members at a metro station. The party said that Salah El-Din Mohamed was “surprised” to find “after his illegal detention in the police station and after state security questioning” that he face “10 accusations including attempted murder, possession of a weapon and other blatant fabrications reflecting the extent of the decline.”

The party called for “all human and civil rights organisations and all liberals to stand shoulder to shoulder in front of the reckless actions of the authority that only uses strength and oppression to silence its opponents.”

Last Thursday Central Security Forces stormed the Cairo University campus clashing with protestors belonging to the Students Against the Coup movement (SAC). The Ministry of Interior published a statement distancing itself from any responsibility for the death of Omar Osama, a student from the English section of the Faculty of Commerce.

The SAC said on Saturday that among the accusations lodged against the 42 arrested included “the killing of Omar Osama, attempted murder… possession of a weapon, assembly, thuggery and joining the Muslim Brotherhood.” The prosecution is yet to announce any formal charges following the investigations.

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