Abdeen court renewed on Saturday the detention of doctor and activist Taher Mokhtar and his housemates Ahmed Hassan and Ahmed Hossam for 45 days pending investigations into charges of the possession of materials calling for the overthrow of the government.
The court session was scheduled for last Sunday, but was delayed twice due to an administrative error. The three have now completed three months in pretrial detention.
Mokhtar, who is a member of the Doctors Syndicate’s committee responsible for the health of imprisoned doctors, was arrested with his housemates on January 14 from their downtown apartment amid an intense security sweep of the area ahead of the January 25 anniversary.
Security forces confiscated printed materials on health care reform in prisons belonging to Mokhtar from his apartment.
The syndicate denounced the arrest of Mokhtar and demanded his immediate release, along with several rights groups, who argued working on prisoner health is not a criminal act, but the neglect of prisoners by the state is.