The Egyptian authorities released the founders of the April 6 Movement (Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel) in mid-January 2017 after the end of their term of imprisonment, but they still have not seen full freedom despite their release.
The two have faced a punishment that has not been applied in Egypt other than those charged with criminal offenses. This is the punishment of ” monitoring” which forces them to be present in the police stations every day for up to 12 hours a day, with no contact with their families or carrying any means of communication at all during this period.
In December 2013, Under the rule of Adly Mansour , an Egyptian court sentenced (Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel)from the April 6 Movement and, (Ahmed Duma), an independant activist who were the leaders of the democratic transition in Egypt , to 3 years’ imprisonment and surveillance for 3 years too. ( Ahmad Duma, is still imprisoned for sentenced to 25 years for demonstrations against the military counsil “SCAF” in 2011 ).
They Was arrested on charges of organizing a demonstration in front of Abdeen court after Ahmed Maher surrendered himself to the prosecution after having his name on the list of those accused of breaking the law of protest in calling for demonstrations against the military trial of civilians in front of the Egyptian Shura Council.
As a result, the trio (Ahmed Maher,Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Duma) and the civil activist (Alaa Abdel Fattah) were imprisoned in the prison of Tora for 3 years.
After their release, the Interior Ministry informed them that they must surrender themselves to the police station every day from 6 pm to 6 am and without any kind of contact with friends or family.
Harassment by criminals and police
The April 6 movement said that Ahmed Maher and Mohammed Adel had complained of ill-treatment in the police stations where they were carrying out their sentence . Ahmad Maher complained about the place where he was placed, in addition to putting a surveillance camera directly in the place where he sleeps, and it’s not allwed to him to bring any books or newspapers and not allowed to enter any chair or even a human way to sleep.
Mohammed Adel also complained that police officers at Aga police station where he carring out his monitoring sentence had incited criminal prisoners to force him for not going to monitoring and re-imprison him for a new case.
Police breaking the Law
Although the sentence of monitoring is applied only to the crimes associated with the cases of forced robbery, and thug acts, but the Egyptian judiciary insists that the punishment be applied to politicians who are accused of breaking the law of the demonstration which is considered as unconstitutional law.
The Ministry of the Interior also insists on Non-compliance with the provisions of the law on the penalty of monitoring No. 49 of 1949, which states that the monitoring shall be essentially at home as long as the observed person has a fixed and clear residence.
Although lawyers have applied to the police departments that carrying out the punishment of the monitoring, to transfer the status of the monitoring to the house, but they refuse without reason.
Arrests and attempts to return to prisons
At the end of July 2017, Mohammed Adel was detained during his release from the monitoring at 6 am. The police station released a report accusing him of swearing the IMF and its policies in Egypt on Twitter. The prosecutor accused him of incitement to terrorism because of this tweet.
The prosecutor refused to register the objections of Adel’s lawyer against the procedures of his arrest . He was imprisoned 4 days for investigation before being presented to the State Security Prosecution in Cairo which ordered to release him following the scandal of his investigation for attacking the International Monetary Fund’s policies in Egypt.
Also, the police station of Altagamo alkhames released a report against the founder of the April 6 movement, Ahmed Maher, because of his delay of half-hour from the date of monitoring due to the illness of his mother who is cancer patient, but the police station insisted on editing the report against him for delaying the monitoring date .
The court is expected to rule on this case in the first quarter of October 2017.
Inability to practice any political activities freely
The Sisi regime and the state security in Egypt are using the punishment of monitoring on political activists and leaders of the Egyptian civil movement after years of detention in an attempt to prevent them from practicing political activity in Egypt, preventing them from returning to their jobs, To completely exclude them from political work, and Restrict their freedom to express their opinions freely On the pretext that they are carrying out judicial orders. Even though these judicial orders violate the Constitution and the law.
However, despite the difficulties which face the members of the movement , there is still a ray of hope with the ability of The tow (Maher and Adel) to move in the narrowest time, despite there is only 12 hours for practice their activities, with the refusal of the regime of Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to abide by the law and its continuous attempt to restrict the movement of political activists in Egypt, The April 6 movement is the largest Arab youth movement calling for a civil and democratic state.