March 4, 2018
State Security Prosecution issued a 15-day detention order for rights lawyer Ezzat Ghoneim, pending further investigations into undisclosed charges, according to a lawyer familiar with the case.
Ghoneim’s whereabouts had been unknown since March 1, until news surfaced that the rights lawyer, who is executive director of the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms, was interrogated at the State Security Prosecution in New Cairo early on Sunday morning.
State Security Prosecution interrogated Ghoneim on Sunday, without a lawyer present, and issued his 15-day detention order, pending the continuation of further interrogations tomorrow, according to a lawyer who spoke to Mada Masr on condition of anonymity and cited unofficial sources.
The Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms confirmed the news of Ghoneim’s appearance before State Security Prosecution in a Sunday afternoon Facebook post. According to the organization, lawyers waited for Ghoneim’s arrival outside the New Cairo State Security Prosecution office until 11 pm on Saturday evening, to no avail. The group added that the rights lawyer continues to be detained at an undisclosed location and that the charges leveled against him remain unknown.
Communication with Ghoneim was lost on March 1 and his wife reported his disappearance to the Interior Ministry and the Public Prosecutor’s office asking for his whereabouts.
5 أيام ولا يزال المحامي والحقوقي “#عزت_غنيم” قيد الاعتقال التعسفي منذ اعتقاله مساء يوم الخميس 1 مارس من محيط منزله بالهرم بالجيزة، وعلى الرغم من التحقيق معه بنيابة أمن الدولة العليا بالقاهرة، إلاّ أن السلطات الأمنية ترفض الإفصاح عن مقر احتجازه.
“عزت غنيم”، المدير التنفيذي للتنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات، يسطر سطورا جديدة في ملف نضاله القانوني والحقوقي للدفاع عن الإنسان الذي كان دائما يبحث عن حقه مهما كان لونه أو معتقده أو رأيه رغبةً منه في مجتمع آمن ومطمئن.
(التنسيقية المصرية للحقوق والحريات Facebook, 5/3/18)