The Egyptian authorities have opened a new case against the currently detained lawyer, Osama, son of the late former president Mohamed Morsi, in violation of his legal and human rights.
Ahmed Morsi shared a post on X website emphasising that a case has been opened against his brother, Osama, in which he was charged with committing crimes in 2022, while he was already in prison. “Osama was and is still detained by the authorities till now, so how could he be accused in a case, during which he was in their custody?! He has never been released or even receiving visits since his arrest”.
Before his arrest, Osama was working as a lawyer and a member of his father’s defence team, before his arrest, on December 8, 2016.
He was held in the high-security Scorpion Prison, before it was closed and all convicts transferred to other prisons. He was banned from receiving visits and his family saw him only once in 2017, from behind glass.
Osama is detained in the Rabaa al-Adawiya dispersal case. He has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, and is completely banned from visits in “Badr 3” prison, and the only way for his family to check on him is during the trial sessions.
During one of the sessions in the Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in dispersal case, Osama Morsi told the judge that he was held in solitary confinement and banned from talking to anyone, banned from receiving medical treatment, praying Friday prayers in congregation, and receiving textbooks for his graduate studies.
Likewise, the Egyptian authorities continue to imprison political activist Sherif Al-Roubi, despite completing a year of arbitrary detention.
The authorities charged Al-Roubi of “joining an outlawed group and spreading false news”. These charges are usually used by the Egyptian authorities to persecute its opponents.
Al-Roubi faces deliberate medical negligence, and is banned from receiving his own medications, which affected his ability to speak.
Al-Roubi was arrested on September 16, 2022 -only three months after his release – following a telephone interview he made with a satellite channel in which he complained of his economic situations and inability to find a job to support his family.
Recently, the Cairo Criminal Court decided to renew his detention for 45 days pending Case No. 1634 of 2022, Supreme State Security Case, on charges of spreading false news.
Al-Roubi was not presented before the prosecution, as the session was held via video conference. During the session, he demanded that he be transferred to the hospital to receive treatment after his health deteriorated due to acute inflammation of the seventh nerve, but the court rejected his request.
Al-Roubi was arrested for the first time in 2016 on charges of “violating the protest law,” then in April 2018 on charges of “spreading false news and joining a terrorist group,” and a third time in December 2020 on the charge he has previously been charged with and without the presenting any incriminating evidence against him.
Al-Roubi’s continued imprisonment without a serious investigation puts his life in danger, and it is also a flagrant violation of the rules of law.