March 7, 2016
On 3 March 2016, human rights lawyer Mr Negad El Borai presented himself at North Giza Court having been summoned for interrogation on charges of ‘receiving illegal foreign funding’, ‘establishing and running an illegal group’, ‘inciting disobedience of state authorities’, ‘disturbing public order’ and ‘spreading false news’. He was interrogated for over three hours before an investigative judge. At the end of the interrogation, the judge ordered his release on bail pending investigation.
(Negad El Borai is a well-known figure in Egypt’s human rights movement. He is a lawyer and the head of the legal unit at United Group for Law. He is also a columnist for Al Shorouk newspaper and has advocated for freedom of expression, assembly and association. In January 2014, Negad El Borai resigned from Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), protesting its politicised and inconsistent position on human rights abuses in Egypt. The human rights defender was the founder and president of Group for Democratic Development and the Secretary General of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights.)
The human rights defender was summoned for questioning three times in May and June 2015, in connection with a workshop convened on 11 March 2015 by the United Group for Law to discuss with other experts its draft-law for the prevention of torture. The draft law aims to bring Egyptian domestic law in line with the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.