Chancellor Moataz Khafagy issued a 45 day detention order pending investigation against Israa El-Taweel, in case number 485 for 2014 which accused her of spreading false news and belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was renewed today, making it the 11th time in a row.
Israa 23 and two of her friends was originally arrested on June 1st, 2015, with her family, lawyers, as well as human rights activists argued she was abducted by police and sent for long hours of interrogation to the security apparatus headquarters in Cairo. She remained missing for 15 days and was held in solitary confinement and threatened with her sisters and mothers arrest if she failed to cooperate and answer questions. She was questioned about the bullet in her back and her participation in protests. Israa informed them she was a photographer and was covering protests during the January 25 commemoration in 2014 when she was struck by a bullet hitting her leg and spine while taking photos.
Before appearing before prosecution her family searched for her in detention centres however to no avail where officials denied her presence. Complaints, letters and telegraphs were also filed inquiring the prosecutor general of her disappearance however to no avail.
Israa appeared at the prosecutor's office for an 18 hour interrogation after having disappeared for over two weeks at the beginning of June. She was accused of causing civil strife and threatening general peace and served a 15 day detention order where she was later transferred to the Qanater Prison. On June 18th, 2015 police forces went to her home and confiscated her personal belongings along with 5 computers belonging to her sisters and parents.
It is worth noting that Israa's lawyers were prevented from examining the reports despite being held 5 months awaiting her trial. Requests by lawyers for her release were rejected although she spent longer than the legal detention period pending trial and Israa continues to be arbitrarily detained without evidence.
Israa's health has notably deteriorated as she needs physiotherapy and is unable to walk without a cane. Her family fears she may be fully paralyzed again if she is not given the adequate health care she needs
HRM calls on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release Israa. According to article 9 in the International convention for political and civil rights everyone has the right to liberty and security of person and no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. The article also adds, no one shall be deprived of his liberty.