Mass Arrests of Internet Activists in Egypt Yesterday and Abduction of Ahmed Maher in Alexandria
|Thursday, July 24,2008 13:42|
Egyptian security Agencies arrested 14 young Internet activists yesterday, said the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information. The group of activists are known as the “6th of April Youth.” During a journey to
Today Ahmed Maher, a member of the group, was arrested by policemen while walking in the Arraml station of
The “6 April Youth” organized a trip to
Mahenor Al Masri in a phone call had mentioned “ the officers had beaten them in the headquarters of the “Pharaohs”, and seized the list of participants on the trip which numbered 50 of young men and women.
Today at 1:00 o"clock in the afternoon, and while the activist Ahmed Maher was walking in the square of Alrramal station, he was shocked by number of police men abducting him, and taking him to an unidentified place, which is believed to be par of the “Pharaohs"” headquarters.
ANHRI tried to contact the young men arrested yesterday and Ahmed Maher, but all their mobile phones are turned off, which raises concerns, especially with the well-known practice of torture in state security detections quarter “Pharaohs.”
Until this moment, not one of the Internet activists have been released or have appeared before the prosecution to face any charges. In addition, the security agencies have not given any reasons for arresting and withholding them.
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information strongly condemns the abduction of the activists, condemn their illegal detention, call for the Minister of the Interior affairs to bear full responsibility for their safety, and demand their immediate release or at the least call a court appearance and announce the reasons for their arrest.
The abducted activists names are:
1- Khalid Adil
2- Mahinor Al Masri
3- Yousuf Sha"ban
4- Basim Fathi
5- Mustafa Mahir
7- Nur Al Din Subhi
8- Medhat Shakir
9- Mutasim Bellah Mohamed