Egypt: Detainees

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 27th April 2023.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Labour, Leeds Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he with hold discussions with his counterparts in Egypt on releasing Alaa Abdel Fattah, Mohamed Baker and Neama Hisham from detention.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK Government has consistently expressed disappointment about the detentions of Alaa Abd El-Fattah and his co-defendants Mohamed El-Baqer and Mohamed Ibrahim, known as Mohamed 'Oxygen', with the Egyptian authorities since their arrest and detention in September 2019, including most recently on 4 April when Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon discussed human rights with FM Shoukry in Cairo. Neama Hisham was detained on 17 April and released on the same day.

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