We are writing to express our grave concern at the continued ill-treatment of Malek Adly, prominent human rights lawyer and director of the Lawyers Network at the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) during pre-trial detention following his arrest on 5 May 2016. Mr Adly has endured more than three months of solitary confinement at the time of writing. His lawyers report that they have been refused permission to photocopy his case files and that the court denied Mr Adly the right to be represented by a lawyer of his choice in a recent appeal hearing against the extension of his detention. Mr Adly moreover has been admitted to the prison hospital several times, due to a chronic high blood pressure condition and lack of prescribed medicine. He suffers from exhaustion, back pain, and sore joints in his leg. It is getting worse by the day as a result of sleeping on the floor and due to the extremely hot weather and the unbearable humidity. Mr Adly is denied his legal right to exercise according to prison regulations which is leading to most of the above conditions in his back and joints.
Following Mr Adly’s arrest on 5 May, he was accused of, inter alia, attempting to overthrow the ruling regime, affiliation to a banned organization, and broadcasting false news, all of which he denied during questioning. Malek Adly is leading a group of lawyers who filed a legal suit against Egypt’s decision to hand the two islands to Saudi Arabia. We note that the State Administrative court recently upheld the complainants’ case, thus annulling the transfer of the two islands.