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Ezzat Ghoneim

A human rights lawyer and executive director of the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms

Arrest: On March 1, 2018, Ezzat was arrested while walking on a street

Violations: Arbitrary arrest

Case/cases info

  • Charges: Joining a terrorist group, deliberately spreading false news at home and abroad, and disturbing public security regarding the country’s internal conditions with the aim of weakening confidence in the state and its prestige and disturbing public security.

  • On March 1, 2018, Ezzat was subjected to enforced disappearance for two days before being brought before the State Security Prosecution and interrogated in Case 441 of 2018 State Security.

  • On September 4, 2018, a decision was issued to release him on probation, and he was transferred to the National Security headquarters in Sheikh Zayed as one of the procedures for his release, but he was then forcibly disappeared for four months, until the Criminal Court decided to cancel the probationary measures and issued an order to arrest him and bring him to appear in court, and the court decided to detain him again for 45 days in connection with the same case (441 of 2018 State Security.)

  • On July 28, 2019, Ezzat was investigated in a new case, No. 1118 of 2019 Supreme State Security, in which he was accused of joining a terrorist group, and the Public Prosecution decided to stop his detention there until he was released from Case 441 of 2018.

  • After completing two years of pre-trial detention in case 441 of 2018, he began his pretrial detention in case 1118 of 2019

  • On May 29, 2021, and after 3 years of pretrial detention in various cases, the State Security Prosecution investigated Ezzat in Case 1552 of 2018, State Security, which is the case in which he is being tried today.

  • In the three cases, Ezzat was deprived of due process, including the right to present a defense and challenge the legality of his detention or even inform him that he is under investigation in Case No. 1118 of 2019 State Security.

Detention conditions

Ezzat Ghoneim is currently detained in Qanater prison in poor conditions. He is also deprived of his right to receive visits.


arbitrary arrest – enforced disappearance – recycled cases – prevention of visits – deteriorating detention conditions

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