Human rights activist attorney arrested in Egypt

After criticising authorities for repression in recent weeks

16 October, 15:48

    CAIRO - Amr Imam, an Egyptian attorney and member of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), was arrested at sunrise on Wednesday, ANHRI said.

    It said Imam managed to post a message on his Facebook page before he was taken away by law enforcement.

    Imam is only the most recent in a string of many attorneys, journalists, and political activists who have ended up in jail since anti-government protests took place on September 20.

    The arrest, which ANHRI called "a kidnapping", came after the attorney harshly criticised authorities for repression in recent weeks and announced he would stage a hunger strike, which was supposed to start on Thursday.

    The most recent arrest before Imam's was that of Israa Abdel Fattah, a pro-democracy activist who was jailed on Sunday.

    Another activist, Solafa Magdi, said on Twitter that Abdel Fattah started a hunger strike, denouncing having been "tortured for 24 hours" after the arrest.

    More than 2,600 people have been arrested in Egypt following the limited protests last month in Cairo and various other cities, although a few hundred were released after brief interrogations.

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