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EIPR and El-Nadeem Center demand protestor’s release from psychiatric hospital

Organisations assert protestor’s condition poses no threat to himself or others


Ahmed Mohamed Ali El-Sayed was arrested on 31 January during a protest and was accused of being a member of the Black Bloc and attempting to sneak into apartments in the Tahrir area of downtown Cairo (AFP File Photo)
Ahmed Mohamed Ali El-Sayed was arrested on 31 January during a protest and was accused of being a member of the Black Bloc and attempting to sneak into apartments in the Tahrir area of downtown Cairo
(AFP File Photo)

By Nourhan Dakroury

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) issued a joint statement with El-Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence on Sunday demanding the release of a 19 year-old protestor from a psychiatric hospital.

According to the statement, Ahmed Mohamed Ali El-Sayed was arrested on 31 January during a protest and was accused of being a member of the Black Bloc and attempting to sneak into apartments in the Tahrir area of downtown Cairo.

Investigations proved that El-Sayed was not a member of the Black Bloc, but did demonstrate that he has been psychologically unstable since the death of his father, according to the statement.

On 7 March, a committee at the psychiatric hospital examining El-Sayed diagnosed him with “bipolar disorder accompanied by psychotic symptoms”, causing him to be unaware of his own actions.

On 24 March, El-Sayed was sentenced to detainment in a psychiatric hospital until he is fully cured, but without specifying the duration of his stay.

Aida Seif El-Dawla, psychiatry professor at Ain Shams University and member at the El-Nadeem Center, said that El-Sayed’s diagnosis showed that he was suffering from a temporary disorder, one which can be easily cured with medication and does not call for such detainment.

The statement said that the prosecution should have instead released El-Sayed for lack of evidence against him, pointing out the fact that El-Sayed’s psychological state poses no threat to himself or others.

According to the statement, an EIPR lawyer has appealed the case.

https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/06/02/eipr-and-el-nadeem-center-demand-protestors-release-from-psychiatric-hospital/
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