On 31 August 2014 HRM submitted an urgent appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concerning the arbitrary arrest and detention of Dr Mohamed Tarek, who was injured during the forced dispersal of Rabia sit-in and who was also a witness to the HRW Report on the massacres in Egypt “All According to Plan” which convicted the Egyptian authorities and held them accountable for killing thousands of people.
Dr Mohamed Ahmed Tarek Talaat, (also known as Dr Mohamed Tarek),aged 34, who worked as a Professor at the Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, joined Rabia sit-in in August 2013. The sit-in was organised by supporters of Dr Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president who was arrested and deposed by General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi who led a military coup on 3 July 2013.
Dr Tarek was also present during the heavily armed evacuation of Rabia Al-Adaweya sit-in. He was shot with three bullets in the arm and chest, however he survived the massacre.
Dr Tarek recorded his testimony on the forced evacuation of Rabia Al-Adaweya sit-in, with Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel and also with Human Rights Watch, for the report on the massacre.
On 29 August 2014, security forces dressed in civilian clothes arrested Dr Tarek from the street in Moharram Bek area, Alexandria, along with 29 others, including (Mr Mohamed Baher, Mr Samir Al-Sharqawy, Mr Ashraf Ismail, Mr Ahmed Shatta.). They were transferred to Moharram Bek Police Station.
Following his arrest, security forced raided his house, searched and damaged its contents and confiscated Dr Tarek’s personal belongings.
On 30 August 2014, Dr Tarek and his cellmates were interrogated by Moharram Bek Prosecution which charged them with rioting, protesting without obtaining a permit and possession of white arms and opened case No. 24194 of 2014, Moharram Bek Misdemeanour Court.
Dr Tarek was returned to Moharram Bek Police Station where he remains to date.