Malek Adly from inside prison: “I haven’t seen the sun in 40 days!”

June 22, 2016

Custody for lawyer and human rights activist Malek Adly, as well as Sayed al-Banna and Sayed Jabir, has been renewed for another 15 days for the third time in a row. The charge filed against them is spreading roumors that the two islands handed over to Saudi Arabia, Tiran and Sanafir, are Egyptian islands.

The detention’s renewal marks 40 days of Malek Adly’s remand in solitary confinement, which is in violation of the Egyptian Constitution and the Prison Regulations and Laws.

The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) published the speech Malek delivered from behind bars before the judge at Shoubra al-Khaimah Court as quoted by his wife, Asma Ali:


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, like “Hisham Talat Mustafa” or like prisoners convicted on corruption charges or even as a drug dealer. I am Egyptian, I swear to God. I am 35 years old and a father of a two year old girl who I wish to raise.

I’ve been denied sunlight for the past 40 days except while I’m being transferred to court to attend my hearing sessions. My physical condition is terrible due to sleeping on the floor. I only get to sleep for three hours which too is full of horrible nightmares. I know that if anything bad happens to me, no one will be able to save me, and as a result, I am not able to sleep.

I asked the prison administration to remove all the medications I have in my cell, as I’m afraid I might commit suicide. I am very likely to do this any moment. Tell me what you want from me. Is this your objective, for me to cut my veins? [Addressing the judge] I can’t find anyone to talk to except you, and I can’t bear these conditions anymore. Again, I’m not saying this because I want you to release me. No, no and no. I’m telling you that I want to be detained and all I want is to be treated according to the law and the prison regulations during my imprisonment.”


Malek’s attorney filed a complaint with the head of the Prisons Authority requesting specific demands for his client including ending the abusive measures taken against him in police custody.


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