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Dr Taher Mokhtar’s detention renewed for 15 days

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Abdin Court decided on Sunday 17 January to renew the detention of Dr Taher Mokhtar, member of the Rights and Freedoms Committee of the Egyptian Doctors’ Union, and Ahmed Mohamed Hassan and Hossam-al-Din Hamad for 15 days, in order to continue investigating them for possession of publications calling for the overthrow of the regime.

Ministry of Interior forces raided the house of Taher Mokhtar and his colleagues last Thursday, arresting them and then transferring them to Abdin police station. Following a 9-hour interrogation by National Security officers, prosecutors decided to detain them for four days, later extended to 15 days.

Al-Nadim Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and the Campaign against the Neglect of Healthcare in Criminal Prisons issued  solidarity statements calling for the detainees’ release. A group of human rights organisations also issued a joint statement calling for the immediate release of Taher and his colleagues.