On October 21st, 2014 police forces in Egypt arrested Ahmed Fathy Azab Sabeq 34, a teacher in Minyet Alamh from Sharqeya after storming his home without legal support. He went missing for two days and his family submitted telegraphs to the prosecutor general informing him of the arrest calling on him to disclose where he is being held.
HRM had also previously submitted an urgent complaint to the UN regarding the citizen's arbitrary arrest.
On Thursday October 23rd, 2014 prosecutors in Zagazig questioned Azab and accused him of belonging to an outlawed group and inciting protests. He was given 15 day detention pending investigation and was taken back to the military campus where he was being held all along without news of his location and wellbeing.
The Military Tribunal to which Ahmed Azab has been tried before has continued for 40 heart, with the rate of one hearing per week, for the authorities to continue violating Ahmed's right to a normal trial before a civilian court.
To date Ahmed Azab's legal rights continue to be violated as security forces repeatedly prevent his family from visiting him placing him in solitary confinement isolated from the world. He is denied food, medication and personal belongings from entering,
His lawyers told HRM that there was evidence of torture on Azab's body and face during investigation. The lawyer called on the prosecutor to document the incidents however his request was ignored.
It is worth noting that Ahmed Azab is the brother of lawyer and rights' activist Mustafa Azab whose home was stormed three times and contents destroyed and as his family threatened with arrest because of his interest in missing people's and human rights cases. During investigation Azab was told he was arrested in an effort to pressure his brother and force him to come forward however these allegations were disregarded during investigation and his detention was renewed.
HRM states that everyone should be entitled to express their opinion freely since freedom of speech is a basic human right according to International conventions. It calls on the Egyptian government to respect the right and to end pursuing rights activists and their families. It also calls for the release of all those detained for expressing their opinion and the end of arbitrary arrests to political opposition. It lastly calls for compensating Azab following his arrest and making up for the emotional and psychological damage he was subjected to.