Two years and three months of preventive detention for a parkour player in Alexandria

July 14, 2016

It’s been two years and almost three months since Computer Engineer and parkour player Ashraf Mahmoud Abdul-Jabbar has been on remand without trial. Security forces in Alexandria had arrested Ashraf on April 20, 2014, from an apartment in Alexandria after they broke into the apartment and arrested his uncle, who was aged 70 years at the time. Ashraf’s uncle was released after serving ten months in prison and left with memory loss. Security forces had also arrested one of his friends from his parkour team, a student aged 15 years, who was released following a year and a half of confinement.

Following their capture, they were sent to the Muntaza police headquarters where prosecution charged them with forming a terrorist cell.

Ashraf was a recent graduate and was contracted with Q.Soft Media to display the work of parkour he and his team were doing before being arrested. His current charge is that of being part of a group that was formed in violation of the law. He is held in preventive detention at Burj al-Arab prison.


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