On Tuesday, the family of the detained Egyptian political activist Alaa Abdel Fattah went to the 12th conference of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions to deliver complaints of the violations and conditions of his detention in violation of Egyptian and international laws.
Although the head of the human rights department was not present in the Egyptian Public Prosecutor’s Office, Alaa Abdel Fattah’s family handed over the complaints to the team, which was present as a representative of the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Egyptian security forces arrested Alaa Abdel Fattah on September 29 after he left the section where he was serving probation from 6pm to 6am. He was then transferred to Tora High Security Prison 2, a notorious prison in Egypt, also known as “Scorpion Prison.”
There, Abdel Fattah was blindfolded and stripped of his clothes by prison officers who beat and kicked him and threatened and insulted him. One officer told him he would remain in prison for the rest of his life.
On September 29, Mohamed al-Baqir, Alaa Abdel Fattah’s lawyer, was arrested by Egyptian authorities and subjected to ill-treatment in the same prison.
Amnesty International said in a statement last Thursday that the torture suffered by Alaa Abdel Fattah in prison, as well as the ill-treatment of his lawyer Mohamed al-Baqir, were frightening examples of the brutal tactics the Egyptian authorities use to silence their critics.