Whereabouts of Egyptian Lawyer Unknown after Alleged Arrest

Nourhan Magdi (TCP) : The whereabouts of Lawyer Islam Salama has not been disclosed after security forces allegedly stormed his house in Gharbiya governorate Tuesday, and arrested him, Rights Lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer told The Cairo Post Wednesday.

Lawyer Islam Salama- photo courtesy of his Facebook page

Lawyer Islam Salama- photo courtesy of his Facebook page

In a dawn raid, forces in uniform and in plain clothes broke down the door and inspected Salama’s house in Zefta town in Nile Delta, before detaining him without giving reasons, Baqer said he was told by the family.

Nothing was found about the missing lawyer at the Zefta police station, he added.

“Salama is a victim of enforced disappearance, as he was taken by Interior Ministry forces to an unknown place and without legal protection,” Baqer continued.

Salama has defended people who were allegedly disappeared, tortured  and arbitrarily arrested, as well as political detainees.

Baqer said the Lawyers’ Syndicate has “done nothing” regarding the incident, although being notified, adding that the Interior Ministry is “blatantly” attacking lawyers.

Other recent incidents of attacks on lawyers that caused uproar had gained the syndicate’s and authorities attention, like the case of Karim Hamdy who was beaten to death by two national security officers who were each sentenced to five years in prison.

The rise of extra-judicial arrests of activists and lawyers has stirred condemnation by rights groups, which cite dozens of persons reported missing, taken to secret detention places prior to appearing as defendants before courts.

Journalist Mahmoud el-Sakka went missing for more than 24 hours before the he was declared arrested over charges of joining an outlawed movement. He was later ordered released by the prosecution pending trial.

The prosecution has been criticized for “turning a blind eye” to signs of abuse against defendants during interrogations, as well as to their unlawful detention.

Egypt is not among the signatories on the International Convention against Enforced Disappearance, and did not accept a recommendation to ratify the agreement during its 2014 United Nations human rights record review.

Nourhan Magdi, The Cairo Post

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