Alaa Abd El Fattah to be detained four days

Prosecutors remanded activist Alaa Abd El Fattah to four days detention pending investigations as he faces allegations of inciting violence and demonstrations, the Qasr al-Nil prosecution announced Friday. 

The renowned activist was arrested Thursday night in a security raid at his house in Omraneya over his involvement in demonstrations against the controversial protest law passed earlier in the week. Armed police forces stormed his house, beat him and his wife and confiscated both their computers and mobile phones.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant against Abd El Fattah on Wednesday, and in response the activist issued a statement saying that he would hand in himself on Saturday.

Sana Seif, Abd El Fattah’s youngest sister, tweeted on Friday that her brother was detained in the Cairo Security Directorate.

Ahmed Seif al-Islam, Abd El Fattah’s father and renowned human rights lawyer, told Al Jazeera Mubasher that interim President Adly Mansour would pay a high price if his son was tortured in detention.

Abd El Fattah’s arrest comes amid a security crackdown on activists who protested this week to undermine the newly passed protest law, as well as the constitutional stipulation allowing military trials of civilians. Dozens were arrested and beaten after a protest on Tuesday.

Abd El Fattah has been jailed twice, once in 2006 during former President Hosni Mubarak’s rule for taking part in protests supporting the independence of the judiciary, and again during the interim rule of the military council in 2011, after military personnel attacked a group of mainly Coptic demonstrators in front of Maspero.


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