Egyptian NGO director jailed for 'terrorism'

Same organization Zaki had worked prior studying at Italian uni

20 November, 16:05

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, NOVEMBER 20 - The Egyptian state security prosecutor's office has ordered 15 days in jail for a third and the most important member of an NGO that had employed Patrick Zaki, whose case is well known in Italy. Zaki is an Egyptian who was studying at the University of Bologna when he was arrested on return home to Egypt 10 months ago and is still in jail. The NGO director is Gasser Abdel Razek, the executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. The arrests of three EIPR representatives are very bad news, ANSA was told by the head of the Italian branch of Amnesty International, Riccardo Noury. ''As was expected,'' Noury said, ''also Gasser, like his two other colleagues that were arrested in recent days, has been detained as part of a large probe called '855 for the crimes of terrorism, spreading false news, and others. These are exactly the same charges that are being brought against all dissidents in Egypt and of course this is very bad news for Zaki, since if the heads of the organization (EIPR) for which he worked prior to moving to Italy for his studies have been accused of terrorism, it is clear that anyone who has had to do with that organization can be prosecuted for the same crimes. Patrick also already had the crime of terrorism listed on his arrest warrant.'' (ANSA).

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