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Taher Mokhtar and flatmates to remain in detention for another 15 days

Their detention has been continuously renewed since January based on accusations that the three were inciting protests against the regime

South Cairo Criminal Court decided on Sunday to renew the detention of physician and member of the Doctors Syndicate’s Freedom Committee Taher Mokhtar for another 15 days.

Two students, Ahmed Hassan and Hossam El-Din Hamad, from the Faculty of Medicine also face the same charges as Mokhtar.

The three are being held based on charges that they incited unlicensed protests and attempted to overthrow the regime.

The charges claim that they had printed flyers through which they called on Egyptians to overthrow the current regime, which the court claims violated the Protest Law by advocating for unlicensed protests, according to a press statement issued by Mokhtar’s lawyer.

In June, Mokhtar saw his detention extended for an additional 45 days, along with the two detained students, according to the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms.

Mokhtar and the two others were arrested from their apartment on 14 January during security raids that were conducted ahead of the fifth anniversary of the 25 January Revolution.

Their detention has been renewed since January without trial, in spite of numerous calls by human rights organisations for their release.

The documents that were in their possession allegedly addressed the issue of poor health conditions in detention facilities. Having worked with vulnerable social groups, such as refugees and prisoners, Mokhtar was officially assigned by the syndicate to handle the file related to the health standards of prisoners and detainees in Egypt, according to the Doctors Syndicate.

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