Since President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi took power in Egypt, fierce arrest campaigns have been taken against his critics, who face enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention.
The Egyptian security arrested the political activist Sherif Ali Mohamed Ali, known as “Sherif El-Ruby”, 3 months after his release from the “National Dialogue” case.
The Supreme State Security Prosecution decided to detain Sharif El-Ruby for 15 days pending investigations, in Case No. 1634 of 2022, on charges of joining an outlawed group and spreading false news, which are politically motivated charges usually used against critics of the Egyptian regime.
On May 30, the Prisons Authority released El-Ruby, leader of the “April 6” movement, who was imprisoned in Case No. 1111 of 2020, Supreme State Security, after a spending a year and a half of pretrial detention.
El-Ruby was presented before the Supreme State Security Prosecution in December 2020, on charges of joining a terrorist group and spreading false news. On March 29, the Criminal Court decided to renew his detention for 45 days, pending the same case.
His rearrest in a new case is known as rotation and refers to the re-imprisonment of the defendant in new cases with the same previous charges, or in a case that started during the period of his pretrial detention, with the aim of keeping political opponents inside prisons.