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The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces today the unfair sentence issued by Manshiayah Misdemeanor Court I on last Tuesday of two years imprisonment to the political activist “Hassan Mustapha” on the background of the clashes that took place in front of the court last January as a result of the protests that were demanding retribution for for the Egyptian revolution’s martyrs.
The public prosecution pressed against him the charges of assaulting “Ahmed Darwish”, the deputy of the general attorney, during interrogating 27 protesters who were arrested by the security bodies during the clashes that took place around the criminal court and Alexandria Security Directorate.
It is worthy to be mentioned that, a similar charges were trumped up against him at the time of Mubarak and he was sentenced to two months imprisonment due to that.
ANHRI said that “the activist played a pivotal role in exposing the case of torturing “Khaled Saaed” until death. In addition to his significant oppositions to the authorities, that didn’t stop even after the success of overthrowing Mubarak, so it is likely that the charges that pressed on him were due to using his legitimate right to freedom of expression in order to silence him”.
At the time that ANHRI announce its full solidarity with the activist, it also demands from the authorities to release the activist and reconsider the sentence issued against him through the legal means.
There are fears for the life of the last Egyptian detained in the US Guantanamo Bay facility. His health appears to be deteriorating, even as developments in his legal case provide hope that he may one day be released.
Tariq al-Sawah, born in Alexandria in 1957, is not charged with any crime. A previous Egypt Independent investigation told Sawahs story and pointed to the errors and inconsistencies in leaked US government documents recording allegations against him.
Sawah was volunteering in a refugee camp for Bosnians fleeing Serb ethnic cleansing in 1992 when he became involved with a Mujahideen Brigade fighting for the Bosnian cause. When the war ended, he settled in Bosnia, married and had a daughter.
Sawah says the Taliban drew him into fighting against the Northern Alliance — a fight that he was persuaded was equivalent to those in Bosnia. Although this put him in contact with associates of Al-Qaeda, there is no evidence that Sawah himself was a member or that he was ever involved in either terrorism or fighting against NATO coalition forces. There has been no evidence provided to contradict Sawahs account, including in the leaked US files.
During his captivity, military officials have reportedly described Sawah as broadly cooperative and forthcoming when questioned. His military-appointed lawyer, Lieutenant Colonel Sean Gleason, has said three former Guantanamo commanders have provided letters indicating that he “is not a threat and recommending he should be released.”