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Support Egyptian activist Hossam el‑Hamalawy

by Simon Assaf
Issue No. 2254

Hossam el‑Hamalawy

Hossam el‑Hamalawy

Hossam el‑Hamalawy, a leading voice in the revolution, was summonsed to appear before a military tribunal. He had appeared on television and named a senior military commander responsible for the torture of activists.

Hossam feared he would be arrested. But instead, in an unprecedented move, the tribunal asked him to provide his evidence of torture so it can be investigated. This appears to be a huge climbdown by the military.

Hossam published pictures of hundreds of Mubarak’s secret police from files seized from the state security buildings following January’s revolution.

He has been gathering testimony of the treatment meted out to those arrested by the military police.

On a recent live TV show Hossam said, “The military trials of civilians must end.

“There have been some 5,000 to 8,000 cases since the army started to rule the country, while Mubarak and his thugs receive civilian trials.”

TV presenter Reem Maged and journalist Nabil Sharaf el-Din were also summonsed.

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