Alaa Abdel-Fattah’s sister announces that he has applied for a presidential pardon, and Mustafa Bakri comments

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Mona Seif, sister of Alaa Abdel Fattah, an Egyptian political activist with British citizenship, announced on Friday that she had applied for a presidential pardon for him, while Tariq Al-Awadi, a member of the presidential pardon committee, said that the committee had received the request. .

Saif said through her account on Twitter: “Attached is the text of the pardon request that I submitted today, confirming my previous request and my willingness to take all available legal methods that guarantee a solution to my brother’s crisis and his return to us, but mainly his return to his son.”

According to a copy of the request submitted to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi: “We appeal to you to issue a decision to pardon Alaa Ahmed Seif El-Islam Abdel-Fattah, by activating the text of Article 155 of the Egyptian Constitution, which states: The President of the Republic, after consulting the Cabinet, pardons or reduces the penalty. This is similar to the recent decision issued by you No. 510 of 2022 pardoning the punishment issued against lawyer Ziad Al-Alimi.

Lawyer Tarek El-Khouly, a member of the Egyptian parliament and a member of the presidential pardon committee, announced last month that the Egyptian president had issued a republican decree pardoning political activist and former parliament member Ziad El-Alimi.

Al-Khouli said, on his Facebook page, that Al-Sisi issued a republican decision to pardon Ziad Al-Alimi, “in response to the calls of parties, political forces, the coordination of youth parties and politicians, and the Presidential Pardon Committee.”

Al-Khouli added, at the time, that this “comes to complement President Sisi’s call to activate the work of the presidential pardon committee.”

The Egyptian Ministry of Interior had announced the arrest of Ziad El-Alimi in June 2019, on charges of participating in a “hostile scheme to overthrow the state”, and then a court sentence was issued against him for 5 years in prison in November 2021.

Mona Seif added during the request that “Alaa is the eldest brother and only son of my mother, Laila Soueif, and our great need for him, especially after my father’s death 7 years ago, and considering that he is a young man who has lost his life, he has lost a career, he wants to pick up what is left of it.”

And she continued, “The most important considerations are that Alaa is the father of a single son diagnosed with autism, who will complete eleven years of age at the end of this year, as he was finally diagnosed in 2014 with autism, and in Khaled’s case, he is unable to speak.”

Likewise, lawyer Khaled Ali said on his Facebook page: “After the end of the Egyptian family’s iftar last Ramadan, in which the President of the Republic was called for a national dialogue, the civil movement submitted lists of prisoners of conscience, calling for the release of those held in pretrial detention and pardon for those issued against them by judicial rulings. These names are the name of Alaa Abdel Fattah.

He added: “A statement attributed to the Amnesty Committee came out that the family did not submit a pardon request, so Mona Seif submitted a pardon request to the committee’s position, and a statement appeared on the screen stating that the request had been accepted, attached to this post a copy of this message on the screen, and Mona Seif then By writing to the Post that she had applied for a pardon for her brother, and that was in June 2022, and in the first comment you will find the link post from me.

He continued, “Dr. Ahdaf Soueif also submitted a request, hand-delivered to Ambassador Mushira Khattab, to send, through her office at the National Council for Human Rights, a request for pardon, and yesterday I wrote on my page an appeal to the President of the Republic to pardon Alaa, Baqir, Al-Qasas, Doma, Wad Aboul Fotouh, and a number of other prisoners of conscience.” Issuing a decision to release anyone who has been in pretrial detention for more than two years.

He stated: “Today we sent a new request for amnesty signed by Mona Seif and his photo is attached to this post, and we are also seeking the approval of the United Nations, the organizer of the climate conference, in order to hold a press conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, during which Sana Seif submitted her request to the presidency to pardon her brother, pending a decision In the request for pardon, we adhere to the request to enable the implementation of the Attorney General’s decision to authorize me to visit Alaa in his prison in the coming hours.”

He said: “We are knocking on all doors in search of freedom and dignity for our dear countrymen, publicly creating a new path in a way that satisfies all parties and pushes us all to take steps in the right direction.”

For his part, Tariq Al-Awadi, a member of the Presidential Pardon Committee, told the “Akher Al-Nahar” TV program, that the committee had received an official request from Alaa Abdel-Fattah’s family, and added that “the family had never submitted a request to the pardon committee, but Alaa’s name was on the lists.” Which is being examined by a committee at the request of the civil movement,” and stated that “the terms of the presidential pardon apply to Alaa Abdel-Fattah in the case in which he is imprisoned.”

The Egyptian parliament member, Mustafa Bakri, commented, through his Twitter account, on Mona Seif’s request, saying: “The humiliating, after slandering Egypt and its leaders, and bullying abroad, long live Egypt.”

It is noteworthy that the British government has pledged to make unremitting efforts for the release of Abdel Fattah, who holds British citizenship, and is considered one of the prominent figures in the 2011 uprising, but Cairo considers this issue a matter related to the Egyptian judiciary and the principle of separation of powers must be respected.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told CNN that Abdel Fattah “received a fair trial” in the presence of “legal representation.”

The Egyptian activist had announced the start of his drinking strike on Sunday, an escalation after 200 days of the hunger strike.

And the Egyptian Public Prosecution issued a statement, Thursday evening, in which it said that the report of the medical committee tasked with revealing the health status of the activist indicated that his “vital signs” were within the normal framework, and thus concluded that his hunger strike was “doubtful.”

It is noteworthy that the Egyptian President confirmed during a meeting with his American counterpart, Joe Biden, on the sidelines of the Climate Summit, that Egypt had taken steps within the framework of “developing” the human rights situation in it, and listed among them the launch of the National Dialogue Initiative.

Al-Sisi added, “We launched a strategy for human rights in Egypt, and then we launched an initiative for national dialogue in April of this year, and it was accompanied by a presidential pardon committee that followed up on various issues, and the lists related to them were signed and ratified.”

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