June 13, 2019
A human rights lawyer has been arrested and detained pending investigations over alleged links to a terror group, after he visited a police station in northern Egypt to provide legal assistance to a female detainee, according to a local NGO.
Amr Nohan was in the Qarmuz police station in the port city of Alexandria to “carry out his humanitarian duty” of handing out a monthly payment to a client of one of his colleagues who was not able to go that day, human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Massry said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
However, he was arrested and his whereabouts were unknown for two days until he appeared in a prosecutor’s office in Cairo on Thursday.
“On 13 June, the supreme state security prosecution decided to detain lawyer Amr Nohan for 15 days pending investigations, in the case (no.741 year 2019), on charges of joining a terrorist group. He was arrested on 10 June while doing his job at the Qarmuz police headquarters,” the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, a local NGO, said in a statement.