The Shubra prosecution renewed Monday the detention of rights activist and lawyer Malek Adly for an additional 15 days, pending further investigations.
According to the head of Al-Haqanya Mohamed Aziz, Adly’s defence had requested that an investigating judge be assigned to the case and the request is pending approval by the prosecution.
Rights defender and lawyer Tarek El-Awady called the renewal an act of vengeance rather than preventive detention, in a statement he made on his Facebook page shortly after the session came to a close.
Adly has been held in solitary confinement since his arrest, on charges of attempting to overthrow the regime, spreading false information, and inciting protests.
Both Adly’s defence and his wife are reporting that his health has been steadily deteriorating ever since his detention, noting that he is complaining of high blood pressure and aching joints, but is also not given access to medication in jail.
Adly was arrested on 5 May after a month-long campaign against the maritime demarcation agreement that saw the transfer of the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabian sovereignty.