June 12th 2019
Ola and Hosam brought to court today but then postponed until June 18th
Today Ola al-Qaradawi and Hosam Khalaf were transferred from prison to the courthouse in the police academy within the Torah prison complex for their pretrial detention extension hearing, which was initially scheduled for Saturday but the hearing was brought forward to today. After they were transferred however, the hearing was again postponed to June 18th.
The shifting around in hearing schedules is likely to be due to increased security concerns with the start of the African Cup on June 21 2019 in Cairo.
Ola and Hosam have been detained for 711 days without charge and on June 30th 2019 they will have spent 2 years imprisoned in Egypt without a trial, a gross violation of their human rights.
For Ola al Qaradawi, this means 2 years behind bars in complete solitary isolation. The family is severely concerned about her emotional and mental well-being given the duration she has spent alone in a cell. According to Amnesty International, Ola’s solitary confinement amounts to torture.
The #FreeOlaandHosam campaign continues to advocate for Ola and Hosam’s immediate release. We call on the prosecution’s office to serve justice and reunite Ola and Hosam with their children, grandchildren and all loved ones once again.
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