An Alexandria court rejected a legal challenge presented by detained activist Mahienour El-Masry a member of the Revolutionary Socialists movement, activist Loay Alqahwagy and journalist Yusuf Shaaban in case number 18011 for 2015 for allegedly storming the Raml Police Station. The detainees were served a 15 month prison sentence and were accused also of assaulting police officials trying to do their work.
The case had initially rejected a challenge on September 19th, 2015 to annul the sentence until further investigation. Mahienour a lawyer and rights activist is known for her stands prior to the January 25th Revolution regarding human rights and political prisoners and rejected the policies of former president Mubarak and his regime She was among the first to shed light on the death of Khaled Saeed who was tortured and killed by police in May 2010. She was nominated during her detention and awarded the 19th "Ludovic-Trarieux" Human Rights Prize 2014.
In 2015 Mahienour was given a presidential pardon along with 155 other activists after they were issued a 2 year sentence and fined 50,000 EGP for organizing an unauthorized protest.
For its part HRM condemns the oppression by the state against political activists and considers it a violation against freedom and opinion. It adds the continued detention of the activists is an effort to intimidate the citizens in Egypt pressuring them to submit by using the judiciary appointed by the regime to enforce its actions.
Hence it calls on the Egyptian authorities to promptly release Mahienour and her colleagues and urges them to respect international conventions regarding civil and political rights and to allow the citizens to freely express their opinions.