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Ahmed Al-Tohamy

Ahmed Al-Tohamy is a comparative politics and international relations researcher and an assistant professor of political science at the Faculty of Economic Studies and Political Science at Alexandria University since 2014. He was also a professor at the National Institute for Social and Criminal Research in Cairo and a researcher at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies. In 2019 he was a visiting professor at the Free University of Berlin.

Arrest:  Al-Tohamy was arrested from his home on June 3, 2020; he was subjected to enforced disappearance at the State Security Authority headquarters in Cairo for 17 days until he appeared before the Supreme State Security Prosecution on June 20, 2020.

Violations: Arbitrary Detention

Case/cases info

  • Charges: joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media.  
  • The prosecution interrogated Mr.Al-Tuhami in case No 649/2020 about collaborating with US-based Egyptian/American HRD Mohamed Soltan in a lawsuit he filed against former Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi, in addition to asking him about a research paper criticizing Al-Beblawy. Mr. Al-Tuhami denied all the accusations.
  • Al-Tuhami stated that the real reason behind these accusations was his academic research papers, especially those related to the Arab Spring, human rights, and democracy.  
  • Al Tuhami was denied the right to meet his judge for detention review hearings for 7 months and the right to meet with his lawyer.


Arbitrary Detention, Enforced disappearance, violations of the right to a fair trial.

Detention conditions

Mr . Al Tuhami was detained at Giza Central Prison (10.5), known for overcrowdedness and Ill-treatment. In December 2020, he was transferred to Al Qanater men’s prison, where he has been detained to this date. Al Qanater prison is notorious for decaying and inhuman conditions such as poor ventilation and lack of medical care.

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