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Mohamed Oxygen

Political activist and blogger

Arrest: On September 21, 2019, Oxygen was arrested while serving probationary measures in the police station

Violations: Arbitrary arrest

Case/cases info

  • Charges: joining a terrorist group, spreading false news and statements that would harm the country.
  • On April 07, 2018, security forces arrested Oxygen, and he was investigated in connection with Case No. 621 of 2018

  • On July 22, 2019, a decision was issued by the Criminal Court to release him on probation, which obligates him to go to the police station twice a week.

  • On September 21, 2019, security forces arrested Oxygen while he was in the police station serving the probationary period, and he was forcibly disappeared for 17 days.

  • On October 8, 2019, he appeared before the State Security Prosecution and was investigated and remanded in pretrial detention pending case 1356 of 2019

  • On November 3, 2020, the Criminal Court decided to release him on probationary measures, but his case was recycled into a new case, no. 855 of 2020/State Security.

  • On December 20, 2021, the Emergency State Security Misdemeanor Court sentenced Oxygen to 4 years in prison for joining a terrorist group in Case No. 1228 of 2021 Emergency State Security. The Emergency Supreme State Security Court is one of the exceptional judicial institutions whose rulings cannot be appealed under the Emergency Law.

Detention conditions

Oxygen is currently detained in Tora Maximum Security Prison 2, which is known for its harsh and inhumane conditions, such as lack of clean water, poor ventilation and overcrowding.

Oxygen tried to commit suicide in his prison cell due to the violations against him and the arbitrariness of preventing his family from visiting him, and his life was saved at the last moments.

Main violations

Arbitrary arrest – Recycled cases – Poor detention conditions

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