A woman who was forcibly disappeared on March 24 with three other members of her immediate family was brought before State Security Prosecution alongside her 14-month-old daughter on Sunday, lawyer Halim Hanish told Mada Masr.
Fatma Mohamed asked the prosecution to release her daughter to their extended family on Sunday, but the prosecution asked Mohamed to submit an official request for the infant’s release and extended both mother and daughter’s detention in the Qanater Prison until April 4, when interrogations with Mohamed will continue.
The infant was feverish on her first day in detention as she slept on the floor of the cell without access to baby care products, said Hanish. This prompted the concerned mother to ask lawyers to take her daughter to her extended family outside of the prison, but the prosecution postponed the baby’s release until Mohamed’s request could be properly processed.
Mohamed, her husband Abdallah Moddar, her brother Omar Mohamed and the child were last heard of on March 24 when they disappeared. Although Mohamed and her daughter appeared before prosecution on Sunday, the whereabouts of Moddar and Mohamed remain unknown, said Hanish.
Mohamed was added as a defendant to Case 441/2018 and therefore faces charges of joining an outlawed group and disseminating false news.
This case also includes journalists Mostafa al-Asar and Hassan al-Banna who were also forcibly disappeared for almost two weeks, before being brought before the State Security Prosecution on February 17. Banna works as an intern at Al-Shorouk newspaper and Asar is a journalist at Ultra Sawt news website. Upon interrogation, Asar was questioned by the prosecution on his political views and the content of his published work, Hanish told Mada Masr.
HuffPost Arabi journalist Moataz Wadnan is also detained on charges related to the same case. Wadnan was forcibly disappeared on February 16 after interviewing former head of the Central Auditing Authority Hesham Geneina. He was brought before the Supreme State Security Prosecution on February 19, three days after he was initially taken into custody.
Wadnan’s lawyer was also forcibly disappeared on March 1. Rights lawyer Ezzat Ghoneim was brought before the State Security Prosecution in the Fifth Settlement March 4 and was included as a defendant in the same case.