Egypt’s Public Prosecution decided to renew the detention of lawyer Hani Farouk Gedran Guirguis for a period of 15 days.
He had been arrested since June 4, 2022, and the Public Prosecution decided to remand him in custody pending investigations in Case No. 9369 for the year 2022 Al-Mataria misdemeanour.
The Public Prosecution charged him with a number of charges:
First: Deliberately spreading false news and rumors about the kidnapping of a number of Christian women without state intervention, thus disturbing public security and creating fear among the people.
Second: Acquisition of a means used in publishing, namely his mobile phone, and using it in this crime of publishing.
Third: Infringement of the family principles and values of Egyptian society.
Fourth: Managing a special account (on social media) used in the publishing crime.
The renewal judge issued a decision on July 5 to continue the detention of Mr. Hani Farouk for another 15 days.
It is worth noting that Mr. Hani Farouk is a cassation lawyer. He was born in 1964, meaning that he is nearly sixty years old. Moreover, he suffers from very poor conditions of imprisonment in the detention area in the Matariya Police Department.
His main lawyer, Mr. Ibrahim Naim, was also prevented from visiting him or meeting him individually. Me. Hani Farouk was also prevented from communicating with his family through visits, without taking into account his health status and the psychological and moral impact of what is happening to him , being a well-known lawyer.
The session to renew the detention was attended by Counselor Maged Hanna Wilson, a representative of the Bar Council, along with the detainee’s lawyer and a number of colleagues in solidarity. The defense team is preparing to submit a memorandum to the Attorney General for a medical examination of the detainee, and the renewal of the request that he be released until the investigation is completed for fear of his life, given the conditions of his illness