MIT-educated Professor of Environmental Engineering at Zewil University, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Cairo University, and Former advisor to the Minister of Higher Education.
Arrest: Seif Fateen was arrested early in the morning on November 14, 2018. He was taken from home to an unknown detention center and forcibly disappeared for more than 9 months before appearing before the State Security Prosecution on August 5, 2019.
Violations: Deprivation of Liberty
- Charges: “joining a terrorist group” and “funding a terrorist group” in Case 930/2019, also known as the “Hope Case.”
While forcibly disappeared, he was tortured- including with electric shocks, beatings, prolonged blindfolding, and being cuffed to a pipe in the wall
No evidence of criminal activity has been brought against Fateen throughout his more than three years of pretrial detention (exceeding Egypt’s legal maximum limit on remand detention).
After appearing before the State Security Prosecution, Fateen was transferred to The Central Prison for the General Directorate of Giza’s Security Forces (known as Kilo 10.5 prison). After 50 days, he was transferred to Al-Qanater Prison on September 26, 2019, and he has been held there since. In prison, he has suffered abuse from authorities and a lack of medical care for the hypertension and skin conditions he has developed while detained. Prison authorities have frequently prevented his family from delivering him basic supplies like medicine and warm clothes.
Enforced Disappearance, Deprivation of Liberty, Torture.