Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President
I urge you to to drop all charges against Mahmoud Abu Zeid, and to release him immediately and unconditionally.
The prosecution has not provided sufficient evidence to establish a connection that Mahmoud Abu Zeid is responsible for the offences with which he is charged. He is a prisoner of conscience, who has been detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.
Mahmoud Abu Zeid has been detained for 5 years, an illegal length according to Article 143 of Egypt’s Code of Criminal Procedures.
I also call on you to protect Mahmoud Abu Zeid from torture and other ill-treatment, pending his release, and provide him with any healthcare he may require.
Please order an independent investigation into allegations that he has been tortured or otherwise ill-treated while in custody, and bring those responsible to justice in fair trials without recourse to the death penalty.
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