Court Orders 13 Alexandria MBs released, Gov’t Apeals
|Saturday, February 24,2007 00:00|
Alexandria Court of Appeals, headed by chief judge Zakariya Wissa, acquitted on Thursday four Social Service Institute students, after the state security forces detained them from their houses and jailed them for four days and 15 days pending trial on charges of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood group.
The Court of Appeals acquitted the four students: Mohamed Al Sayed, Youssef Mohamed, Muhammad Nagib and Abdul Rahman Ali, and rescinded the state security prosecution’s appeal against releasing them after lawyer Khalaf Bayyoumi challenged it; the court heard it and issued its ruling of immediately releasing the four students.
In the same context, the Court of Appeals acquitted also on Thursday 9 Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Alexandria after the state security prosecution listed several charges against them.
The court rescinded the state security prosecution’s decision of prolonging their jail for 15 more days, after lawyer Khalaf Bayyoumi challenged it; the court heard the appeal and issued its ruling of immediately releasing the 9 detainees.
The Muslim Brotherhood leaders released are:
-Dr. Hassan Al-Bronse ( a professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University).
-Dr. Tawakul Massoud ( a Muslim Brotherhood candidate in 2005 legislative electrons for Dikheila)
-Mr. Fouad Elwan ( Al Medina Al Monawara school principal )
-Salah Madani (The office manager Mr. Mostafa Mohamed a Muslim Brotherhood Member of parliament)
-Mohamed Mabrouk (teacher)
-Eng. Hossam Refaat (engineer at oil company)
-Adel Hefni ( free businessman)
-Abu Zeid Mohamed (accountant )
-Alaa Mutawe (accountant)
It is worth mentioning that the Egyptian regime is usually giving a deaf ear to court rulings of releasing detainees; this recurred in many incidents, the most prominent of which was the court ruling of releasing Eng. Khairat Al Shater and his co-defendants, immediately after which the regime issued another arrest warrant against them.
For his part, Ali Abd Al-Fattah, a Muslim Brotherhood leader in Alexandria, said that the court ruling confirms the detainees are innocent and there is no real charge against them.
Abd Al-Fattah pointed out that the Egyptian regime does not respect court rulings; he hoped that the Interior Ministry will actually release the detainees to prove its respect to law.
The detainees were arrested from their houses on Thursday Feb., 15, 2007, on charge of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood group, as part of an aggravating crackdown that the regime follows is launching against the MB, the biggest opposition in parliament, leading to arresting hundreds of its leaders and members, topped by Eng. Khairat Al Shater the second deputy chairman, and Dr. Mohamed Ali Beshr, a member of the MB executive Bureau, and transferring a big number of them to a military court, in addition to freezing their assets.