September 25, 2019

On Monday, the Supreme State Security Prosecutor imprisoned human rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry for 15 days pending investigation, on charges of “participation in a terrorist group and the broadcasting of news, statements and false rumours.”

On Sunday, security forces arrested el-Massry  in front of the Supreme State Security Prosecution building in the Fifth Settlement area in Cairo governorate, after she represented several of those arrested during Friday’s protests against Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

According to Reuters, on Monday the Egyptian authorities arrested roughly 400 people in connection with the protests last Friday and Saturday.

El-Massry is one of the most prominent faces of the January 25, 2011 revolution. She was sentenced to prison in 2015 with two other activists for 15 months after being convicted of attempting to storm a police station and assaulting police officers in 2013.

On June 26, 2014, she won the Ludovic Triario International Prize, which honours the defence of human rights.