“I want to be treated like Hisham Talat Mustafa, or like prisoners who are convicted of corruption or even like drug dealers.” These are the words of detained rights activist Malek Adly, one among many other passionate statements he directed towards the court.
Adly said: “I don’t want you to set me free. I know that my imprisonment is a price I have to pay. All I’m asking for is to be treated like any other prisoner. I’m being treated worse than an Israeli spy. Instead, treat me like any of them… I’ve been denied sunlight for the past 40 days except while I’m being transferred to court to attend my hearing sessions.”
A specimen out of 60,000
Member of the elected parliament under Mohamed Morsi’s presidency, Hatem Azzam, posted the following on his Facebook page: “Malek Adly is a specimen out of 60,000 detainees who has political aspirations which aim towards defending his country’s future as he envisages it to be.”
He added: “Most of the detainees who are imprisoned for more than two, or in some cases three years now, are the ones who defended and continue to defend the idea of a free democratic country; an idea which when annulled, took away with it all rights and spared neither blood nor honour. Even the land itself was taken away for the sake of whose defence Malek Adly and his colleagues have been detained.”
He explained that, “restoration of land and rights begins with the restoration of a people’s will and its power over its decisions.” He demanded “freedom for Malek Adly and for every Egyptian who defends the rights of his nation and for all the 60,000 innocent detainees who have been imprisonment by a criminal regime, and for the whole of Egypt.”
Amr Imam, a lawyer at the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre, posted the following on Facebook: “I saw Malek during the court’s hearing where his imprisonment was renewed. Despite his will power, his eyes that were filled with determination to face any challenge and his head that was held high, his suffering from pain and fatigue was clearly evident.”
He further said: “Malek was yellow and pale. Red marks could be seen on his face and hands due to bad ventilation and lack of adequate access to air and sunlight. What was hidden beneath his clothes was worse. In addition to this, he was not walking normally. There was deviation in his steps. I saw this when I went down to see him in jail after the hearing. It was due to a lack of movement and also because he was rarely subjected to fresh air and sunlight. There were problems in his knees. He asked for a medical knee support and his wife Asma brought it for him while he was at the hearing. He used it too. The prosecution allowed him to wear it during the hearing.”
Imam further said: “Malek also suffers from high blood pressure and danger to his health is increased during the current heat wave… In short, Malek Adly’s health is evidently in danger while the authorities’ intend to torture Malek and willfully ignore his health concerns.”
He concluded by saying the following: “They have been deliberately doing this so that his health condition deteriorates further. Their intention is to kill him by putting him through slow death, or force him to commit suicide, exactly as how Malek put it to the prosecution yesterday. Malek has been sitting in solitary confinement for 42 days. He has visited the court four times. The rest of the time, he remains in his 2×2 meter cell all the time.”
Egyptian security forces had detained lawyer and rights activist Malek Adly in the beginning of May after the public prosecution had issued a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested for questioning in the backdrop of the ‘Incitement to Demonstrate’ campaign on 25th April, protesting the transfer of sovereignty of the two islands Tiran and Sanafir by the Sisi regime to Saudi Arabia.