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Forum Post: Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah accused of 'insulting judiciary'

Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 29, 2013, 9:30 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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Political activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah was summoned on Tuesday for questioning, facing accusations of insulting the judiciary. Abdel Fattah attended the interrogation along with a number of lawyers, including his father Ahmed Seif, a renowned human rights lawyer.

After the interrogation Abdel Fattah wrote about the case using his official Twitter account (@alaa):

"I am facing charges of insulting the judiciary. I refused to cooperate in the interrogation because of the judiciary's unbalanced priorities. They ignore reports of torture and instead focus on what is published online."

He pointed to a case in which he claimed the judiciary ignored reports that protesters who had attacked the head of the Judges Club Ahmed El-Zend were tortured inside the club.

"I also filed a legal complaint against [former head of the military council] Hussein Tantawi, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, [President Mohamed] Morsi and against the current and former prosecutor-generals for insulting the judiciary and interfering in the judges' work," the famous political activist added on his Twitter account.

Abdel Fattah was released without any guarantees by the magistrate appointed by the justice ministry to investigate the case.
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