Egyptian judicial sources and lawyers said today, Tuesday, that the State Security Prosecution released former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh; But she decided to imprison him in another case.
According to the government newspaper, Al-Ahram, a judicial source concerned with the matter, who declined to be named, said that the would not be released head of the Strong Egypt Party , Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, , as the investigation authorities released him; But she locked him in another case.
According to the Middle East News Agency (ASA), the Egyptian prosecution said that “the accused, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, is still being held in pretrial detention pending other cases, in response to what was circulated about his release.”
In turn, Lawyer Khaled Ali, a member of the Aboul Fotouh Defense Committee, explained that the new case will start calculating the period of imprisonment since the release of the decision in the previous case, pointing out through his account on Facebook that the maximum period of pretrial detention according to Egyptian law is two years.
According to the Egyptian media, one of the criminal departments in Cairo had previously issued a decision to include Aboul Fotouh and others on the lists of terrorists, according to accusations in Case No. 440 of 2018, in which they are accused of “inciting against the state, calling for the suspension of the constitution, boycotting the presidential elections, and joining to the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, contact with Brotherhood leaders fleeing abroad, call for the overthrow of the regime, and threaten national security.
Al-Ahram explained that the investigation authorities continue to interrogate Aboul Fotouh, at separate intervals, in their investigations on the accusations against him of “publishing and broadcasting false news that would harm the national interests of the country, and assuming the leadership of a group established in violation of the provisions of the law, the purpose of which is to call for the disruption of the provisions of the constitution and laws and the prevention of institutions.” The state and the public authorities are prevented from carrying out their duties, assaulting the personal freedom of citizens, harming national unity and social peace, the legitimacy of revolting against the ruler, changing the system of government by force, disrupting public order and endangering the safety and security of society.
And in February 2020, days before the end of the period legal for his pretrial detention, the Egyptian authorities included Aboul Fotouh in a new case, accusing him of “taking the leadership of a terrorist group and committing a financing crime,” based on the investigations of the National Security Agency of the Ministry of Interior.
According to what was reported by the human rights lawyer and former presidential candidate, Khaled Ali, Aboul Fotouh refused to investigate him or answer questions in the new case, and he also refused to sign the prosecution’s report, and when asked about the reason by the investigators, he replied, “The reason is injustice and fabrication, and I I do not want anything, and I do not complain to anyone, but only complain to God.”
It is noteworthy that Aboul Fotouh, who was a prominent candidate in the 2012 presidential elections and was also deputy guide of the Muslim Brotherhood before leaving the group, has been held in pretrial detention since February 14, 2018, in solitary confinement, where he was arrested after his return from London following an interview with a TV channel. Al Jazeera Mubasher criticized the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi prior to his re-election in March 2018.
In September 2020, Aboul Fotouh filed a lawsuit against the Egyptian authorities and the prison administration, which included the violations he is subjected to, foremost of which is solitary confinement without legal justification, banning him from the prison library, subscribing to newspapers, entering books, exercising in the sun, as well as preventing him from praying. Friday prayers in the prison mosque, phone calls and correspondence with his relatives, as well as preventing him from physiotherapy, and introducing a small refrigerator at his expense to store medicines, although all of this is regulated by the prisons law and its regulations.