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Free Mohamed el Sharkawy and Karim El Shaer

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On the 5th of July 2006, the imprisonment of Mohamed Sharkawy and Karim El Shaer, Kefaya activists was extended again for another 15 days, because of their participation in the solidarity movement with Egyptian judges and despite the release of the remainder of Kefaya activists who were arrested during the same events.

Sharkawy was arrested on the 24th of April and was released on the 23rd of May to be arrested again two days later upon his participation in a protest rally in front of the press syndicate. This time, and during his arrest Sharkawy was subject to brutal beatings. He was then taken to Kasr El Nil police station and there he was tortured to the extent that his head and face were disfigured, as well as his sexual abuse in a shameful event that adds to the list of shame and brutality of Ministry of Interior and state security officers who carried out this torture or who have supervised it. Despite the obvious effects of torture on the face and body of Sharakwy when he was summoned to the state security prosecution (on the evening of the 25th of May), yet the prosecution was reluctant to refer him to forensic medical examination. Furthermore the prosecution did not refer Sharkawy to medical care except one week after he was transferred to prison!

Also, the prosecution did not until now undertake any measures to investigate the attack on Sharkawy, despite its documentation and the availability of eyewitnesses.

Since then state security prosecution continued to extend Sharkawy and Shaer’s imprisonment, in the absence of any reason other than to subject them both to psychological intimidation hoping that Sharkawy would be forced into giving up on his complaint of torture, or isolate him from anybody who could help him seek justice or keep him in prison until the signs of torture have disappeared.

All those events reveal the complicity of the state security prosecution and proves that it is part of the state security apparatus itself and not an independent investigation body. State security prosecution is known for using extended periods of detention as a punishment for dissidents, with no basis in the law.

The undersigned organizations:

  1. Demand the immediate release of Sharkawy and Shaer and an immediate investigation in their complaint of torture and maltreatment.
  2. Call upon all humanitarian and human rights organizations to send urgent appeals to the public prosecutor demanding the release of Sharkawy and Shaer and an immediate investigation in their complaint of torture and maltreatment.

Undersigned organizations

  • El Nadim Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence
  • Egyptian Association against Torture.
  • Hsiham Mubarak Law Center
  • Arab Network for Human Rights Organizations
  • Association for human rights legal aid.
  • Civil Monitor
  • The Egyptian Movement for change (kefaya)