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Egypt: Concern for detained Egyptian lawyer

November 3, 2017

The UK government has joined Canada, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands in expressing concern at the ongoing detention of Egyptian lawyer Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy, who was detained at Cairo airport in September – on his way to address the UN Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances working group.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office statement today said: ‘We are concerned at the detention conditions that Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy is reportedly enduring, and continue to call for transparency on prison conditions in Egypt. We call on the Egyptian authorities to ensure the freedom of civil society and the protection from torture that are enshrined in the Egyptian Constitution.’

According to human rights group Frontline Defenders, Hegazy is a co-founder and the coordinator of the Association of the Families of the Disappeared in Egypt, a network of individuals whose loved ones have been subjected to enforced or involuntary disappearances. His own son, Amr Ibrahim Metwally went missing in 2013.

The group says Hegazy is being held pending investigation on charges of establishing an illegal organization, communicating with foreign entities to harm state security and disseminating false news.

Hegazy was the attorney in the case of Giulio Regeni, an Italian national who died in Egypt under mysterious circumstances. Cairo has denied accusations that the student died in custody. However, officials have admitted that security services were monitoring Regeni, a University of Cambridge PhD student who was researching trade unions.

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/concern-for-detained-egyptian-lawyer/5063554.article

https://www.cnbcafrica.com/apo/2017/11/03/joint-statement-on-the-ongoing-detention-of-a-human-rights-lawyer-in-egypt/

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-11-03/western-countries-voice-concern-over-egypt-rights-detainee

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/04/uk-deeply-concerned-detention-of-human-rights-lawyer-in-egypt-ibrahim-metwally-hegazy-giulio-regeni

http://www.dw.com/en/egyptian-president-abdel-fattah-el-sissi-rules-out-third-term/a-41269268

Egypt summons Canadian ambassador over detainment of human rights lawyer

http://www.dw.com/en/egypt-summons-germanys-ambassador-over-unacceptable-statement/a-41247674

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/11/06/egypt-summons-western-ambassadors-over-criticizing-detention-of-rights-lawyer/

http://www.dw.com/en/frances-emmanuel-macron-refuses-to-lecture-egypt-on-civil-liberties/a-41097575

https://blogs.mediapart.fr/confluencesmarseillegmailcom/blog/191117/egypte-ibrahim-matwally-lavocat-des-disparus (FRANCAIS)

https://www.tsa-algerie.com/egypte-les-ambassadeurs-de-cinq-pays-convoques/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.tgcom24.mediaset.it/mondo/detenzione-metwally-egitto-convoca-italia-e-altri-4-paesi_3104809-201702a.shtml (ITALIANO)

http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2017/11/05/news/regeni_egitto_convoca_ambasciatore_italia_avvocato_arrestato-180329877/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/topnews/2017/11/05/egitto-no-a-ingerenze-sul-caso-metwally_17eb5e44-0ceb-46b8-ad42-f7198e930721.html (ITALIANO)

https://de.sputniknews.com/politik/20171105318172819-aegypten-einmischung-westen/ (DEUTSCH)

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Egypt/Italy: Regeni family lawyer detention extended (2)

September 20, 2017

 (foto: ANSA)

The detention in jail of Ibrahim Metwaly, an Egyptian human rights activist and legal consultant to the family of Giulio Regeni, has been extended by 15 days, his lawyer Ezzat Ghonem told ANSA on Wednesday. Metwaly was arrested at Cairo airport on September while on the way to take part in a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Regeni was an Italian postgraduate student who was tortured and murdered in Egypt last year.
Egypt has denied suggestions its security forces, frequently accused of brutal repression of opposition, had anything to do with the death of Regeni, a 28-year-old who was researching Cairo street seller unions.

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2017/09/20/regeni-family-lawyer-detention-extended-2_0c341c37-451d-493a-a120-2a8ecddbe8f7.html

http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/blog/egypt-targets-disappearance-activist-working-regeni-case

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/egypt-targets-disappearance-activist-working-on-regeni_us_59c2b817e4b0be1b32c19685

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/09/20/un-rights-body-must-end-shameful-silence-egypt

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lawyer-for-murdered-student-giulio-regeni-tortured-in-egypt-6d0vlzk0d

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/13523

http://www.corriere.it/esteri/17_settembre_20/regeni-resta-carcere-altri-15-giorni-l-avvocato-egiziano-metwaly-e21cb7ba-9e0c-11e7-a6ea-abd1a52d72e1.shtml (ITALIANO)

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/it/notizie/rubriche/cronaca/2017/09/20/regeni-prolungata-di-15-giorni-detenzione-metwaly_0a3a3e25-5a62-4472-8a3a-468980f092c6.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.giornalettismo.com/archives/2632603/prolungato-arresto-consulente-legale-regeni (ITALIANO)

https://www.agenzianova.com/a/59c284496fc726.58359983/1645331/2017-09-20/egitto-prolungata-di-15-giorni-detenzione-legale-caso-regeni (ITALIANO)

https://www.amnesty.it/appelli/lavvocato-diritti-umani-ibrahim-metwaly-devessere-rilasciato/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.pressenza.com/it/2017/09/tortura-accuse-gravissime-lavvocato-egiziano-si-occupa-sparizioni/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.giuliocavalli.net/2017/09/21/come-lamico-al-sisi-sta-trattando-lavvocato-dei-regeni-in-cella-nudo-torturato/amp/ (ITALIANO)

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#FreeMetwaly Firmate l’appello Mondiale di Amnesty per la sua liberazione..! https://www.amnesty.it/appelli/lavvocato-diritti-umani-ibrahim-metwaly-devessere-rilasciato/

N.B.: To clarify Ibrahim Metwaly is not the lawyer of Guilio Regeni’s family and he has nothing to do with that case. Unfortunately many of the press have mistakenly published the story with this piece of information. This could actually harm him during the course of the ongoing interrogation by the State Security Prosecution.

Egypt/Italy: HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER MUST BE RELEASED: LBRAHIM METWALY

September 15, 2017

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Ibrahim Metwaly, human rights lawyer and co-founder of the Families of the Disappeared in Egypt group, was detained on 10 September while on his way to Geneva to address the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. After being held incommunicado for two days by Egyptian security forces, the Prosecutor has now ordered his detention for a further 15 days, pending investigation.

View report in English

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde12/7088/2017/en/

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/egypt/2017/09/d24526/

https://www.protecting-defenders.org/en/news/un-rights-experts-dismayed-arrest-egyptian-lawyer-ebrahim-metwally-en-route-meet-them

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22079&LangID=E

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/404553184/un-rights-experts-dismayed-by-arrest-of-egyptian-lawyer-ebrahim-metwally-en-route-to-meet-them

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibrahim_Metwaly

https://www.amnesty.org/ar/documents/document/?indexNumber=mde12%2f7088%2f2017&language=en (ARABIC)

http://it.blastingnews.com/cronaca/2017/09/londra-alfano-incontra-il-ministro-degli-esteri-egiziano-shoukry-002000257.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.fanpage.it/da-oggi-l-ambasciatore-italiano-e-di-nuovo-al-cairo-l-egitto-superata-crisi-regeni/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.infooggi.it/articolo/caso-regeni-il-times-su-al-sisi-e-un-dittatore-meriterebbe-lo-stato-di-paria/101429/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.lavanguardia.com/internacional/20170912/431225915392/desaparece-abogado-guilio-regini-detenido-policia-egipcia.html (ESPANOL)

http://derstandard.at/2000064082953/Aegypten-waescht-sich-von-Foltervorwuerfen-rein (DEUTSCH)

http://www.dn.pt/mundo/interior/detido-no-egito-responsavel-de-ong-sobre-desaparecimentos-forcados-8768248.html (PORTUGUES)

Egypt/Italy: Egypt acknowledges secret arrest of rights lawyer

September 13, 2017

FILE -- In this Feb. 12, 2016 file photo, the family of Giulio Regeni follows his coffin during the funeral service in Fiumicello, Northern Italy. Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the detention for 15 days of a lawyer who assisted the family of an I

Egypt on Wednesday acknowledged the detention of a human rights lawyer who went missing on his way to a U.N. conference on forced disappearances, accusing him of disseminating fake news.

Ibrahim Metwally, who was arrested at Cairo International Airport three days ago and initially held incommunicado, may have been targeted because he provided legal aid to the family of Giulio Regeni, an Italian graduate student who was abducted and tortured to death in 2016 during a police crackdown in Cairo.

Regeni’s killing sparked a major diplomatic row with Italy, which said Egyptian authorities had not fully cooperated with investigators and withdrew its ambassador in protest last year. On Wednesday a new ambassador arrived, signaling an improvement in relations.

Egyptian authorities have denied any involvement in Regeni’s killing, but activists say it bore the hallmarks of police brutality. Regeni went missing in Cairo on Jan. 25, 2016, when police were out in force to prevent protests, and his body was found days later, bearing the signs of intense torture.

The Supreme State Security Prosecution on Wednesday acknowledged Metwally had been detained, and ordered him held for 15 days in Cairo’s sprawling Tora Prison complex pending investigations. It said he was interrogated Tuesday night.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/egypt-prosecutors-order-detention-slain-italians-lawyer-49815688

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/09/13/italy-returns-ambassador-egypt-despite-unresolved-regeni-case

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41252663

http://www.dw.com/en/egypt-admits-covert-arrest-of-rights-lawyer-for-family-of-murdered-italian-student/a-40500126

http://www.thenational.scot/world/15533506.Profile__Secret_arrest_of_rights_lawyer_in_Egypt/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/13/ibrahim-metwally-hegazy-lawyer-forcibly-disappeared-egypt-murder-giulio-regeni

https://www.thelocal.it/20170913/egyptian-authorities-arrest-lawyer-linked-to-slain-italian-student-regeni

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-egypt-rights/lawyer-for-murdered-italian-students-family-detained-in-egypt-idUKKCN1BO2P1

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/13466

http://ilglobo.com.au/news/36065/italian-ambassador-to-egypt-giampaolo-cantini-touches-down-in-cairo/

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/277053/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-rights-activist-Ibrahim-Metwaly-detained-.aspx

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/13/ibrahim-metwally-hegazy-lawyer-forcibly-disappeared-egypt-murder-giulio-regeni?CMP=share_btn_fb

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/404090811/statement-by-human-rights-commissioner-kofler-on-the-arrest-of-human-rights-lawyer-hegazy-in-egypt

https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/Infoservice/Presse/Meldungen/2017/170914_Kofler_Aegypten.html

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2017/09/13/97001-20170913FILWWW00193-egyptedisparitions-forcees-le-responsable-d-une-ong-arrete.php (FRANCAIS)

Egypt/Italy: Lawyer investigating death of Cambridge student killed in Egypt disappears as he attempts to leave country

September 12, 2017

A lawyer who was investigating the abduction and murder of a Cambridge University student in Cairo has himself disappeared – while en route to a conference to discuss state-sanctioned disappearances.

Ibrahim Metwaly was scheduled to fly to Geneva to address a UN meeting about forced disappearances and the case of Giulio Regeni, 28, who was carrying out research on Egypt’s trade unions when he disappeared on January 25, 2016.

Two weeks later his battered, tortured body was found dumped by the side of a main road outside Cairo, amid suspicions that he had been kidnapped and killed by the Egyptian security forces.

Mr Metwaly, who has represented the Regeni family as they push for the truth about what happened to their son, was last heard from when he spoke to his family on the telephone on Sunday morning.

There were reports that he was arrested at Cairo airport before he was able to board his plane.

He is the founder of a group called Stop Enforced Disappearances which aims to determine the fate of Egyptians who are “disappeared” by the security forces.

Mr Metwaly’s own son disappeared four years ago and has not been heard from since.

Italy has long suspected that Egyptian security agencies carried out the murder of Mr Regeni, who was a PhD student at Girton College.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/12/lawyer-cambridge-student-killed-egypt-disappears-attempts-leave/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egyptian-lawyer-linked-to-slain-italian-arrested-in-cairo/2017/09/12/f2707960-97dd-11e7-af6a-6555caaeb8dc_story.html?utm_term=.b35460b053b9

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/ibrahim-metwally-hegazy-arrested

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lawyer-investigating-death-of-cambridge-student-giulio-regeni-in-egypt-disappears-h3gjr3fs7

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/lawyer-investigating-death-of-cambridge-student-giulio-regeni-in-egypt-disappears-h3gjr3fs7

http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2017/09/12/news/arrestato_avvocato_regeni-175309767/ (ITALIANO)

http://dirittiumani1.blogspot.fr/2017/09/egitto-confermato-larresto-dellavvocato.html?spref=fb (ITALIANO)

https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2017/09/11/caso-regeni-scomparso-uno-degli-avvocati-egiziani-della-famiglia-andava-a-ginevra-per-parlare-di-diritti-umani/3849390/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.ilmessaggero.it/primopiano/esteri/regeni_avvocato_egitto-3232665.html (ITALIANO)

http://www.huffingtonpost.it/2017/09/11/scomparso-legale-egiziano-della-famiglia-regeni-domani-gentiloni-al-copasir_a_23204194/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.wired.it/attualita/politica/2017/09/11/arrestato-legale-egiziano-regeni/ (ITALIANO)

Italy: Criminal lawyer’s car set on fire, followed by threatening phone calls

12/09/17

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Hanno dato fuoco alla sua macchina perché difende un ragazzo accusato di omissione di soccorso. Ma l’avvocato Pierluigi Barone non cede: «Paura? Io sono un legale e non mollo i miei clienti. Questo modo di fare violento mina i principi base della Costituzione e della civiltà. E noi non possiamo cedere».

Diritto alla difesa sempre più nel mirino di coloro che ignorano i principi basilari di uno Stato di Diritto. Dopo i violenti attacchi sul web contro i legali degli stupratori di Rimini e le aggressioni ai difensori degli indagati per l’omicidio del giovane Emanuele Morganti ad Alatri, oggi tocca all’avvocato Pierluigi Barone. La storia è nota: la sua auto è andata in fiamme davanti la sua abitazione di Lugo. Poi un telefonata anonima al suo studio: «Il tuo cliente è un assassino», riferendosi ad uno dei cinque giovani, difeso da Barone, indagato con gli altri per omissione di soccorso per la morte del 18enne Matteo Ballardini, trovato morto lo scorso aprile da un passante sul sedile passeggero della sua auto, dove era stato abbandonato all’alba dai compagni con cui avrebbe trascorso la sarata consumando droghe.

http://ildubbio.news/ildubbio/2017/09/12/paura-minacce-un-avvocato-non-mollo-mio-cliente/

Egypt/Italy: Egitto: scomparso l’avvocato della famiglia Regeni

11/09/17

Egitto: scomparso l’avvocato della famiglia Regeni

E’ ufficialmente scomparso Ibrahim Metwaly, uno degli avvocati egiziani della famiglia Regeni. Il legale, da anni attivo nelle battaglie per i diritti umani negati dal regime di Al Sisi, ieri avrebbe dovuto prendere un volo per Ginevra, dove era atteso a una conferenza stampa delle Nazioni Unite, proprio per denunciare le gravi violazioni che continuano in Egitto.

A quanto si apprende, Metwaly sarebbe stato prelevato in aeroporto e da lì si sono prese le sue tracce. La denuncia è partita dai colleghi dell’Egyptian Commission for Right and Freedom. L’avvocato, 53 anni, ha perso un figlio che non è mai stato ritrovato. Fin dalla scoperta del corpo martoriato di GiulioRegeni, si era battuto per riuscire a ricostruire la verità su quanto successo.

Ora il suo misterioso rapimento, che lascia intendere quanto sia ancora complicata la situazione nel Paese. Dove, dalla prossima settimana, riaprirà anche la sede diplomatica italiana e arriverà il nuovo ambasciatore Giampiero Cantini.

http://www.ilfriuli.it/articolo/Cronaca/Egitto-points-_scomparso_l%E2%80%99avvocato_della_famiglia_Regeni/2/170690

http://www.tgcom24.mediaset.it/mondo/egitto-arrestato-e-fatto-sparire-un-legale-della-famiglia-regeni_3093756-201702a.shtml

http://messaggeroveneto.gelocal.it/udine/cronaca/2017/09/11/news/scomparso-nel-nulla-l-avvocato-egiziano-della-famiglia-regeni-1.15838421

http://www.ilmattino.it/primopiano/esteri/regeni_avvocato_egitto-3232745.html

https://www.amnesty.it/egitto-avvocato-ibrahim-metwaly/

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/jordan/2017/09/12/alfano-to-meet-egyptian-counterpart-on-sept.-14-in-london_28aa3f46-8bb8-4ae3-89d2-393e8889e289.html (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Giulio_Regeni (ENGLISH)

Ibrahim Metwaly, 53 ans, l’un des avocats égyptiens de la famille de Guido Regeni, l’enquêteur italien tué en Egypte entre janvier et février 2016, a disparu  alors qu’il était sur le point d’embarquer sur le vol Egyptair MS 771 pour Genève, pour participer à une conférence de presse des Nations Unies pour dénoncer les graves violations qui se poursuivent en Égypte. ll semble qu(il a été intercepté et disparu à l’aéroport du Caire, selon ses collègues de la Commission égyptienne du droit et de la liberté. Son retour était prévu pour le 16 septembre.

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-wews1709.htm (FRANCAIS)

(Ibrahim Metwaly, the lawyer of Italian student Giulio Regeni who was abducted and tortured to death in 2016, has disappeared.)