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Update Alert: Egypt – Khairat al-Shater completes half of his sentence

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Khairat al-Shater has in total spent over 10 years in Egyptian prisons. His current sentence is 7 years of which he’s served 3 and half years.

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Islamic Human Rights Commission
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15 June 2010

Update Alert: Egypt – Khairat al-Shater completes half of his sentence

The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) appeals to the Egyptian President to release Khairat al-Shater and Hassan Malik who have served over half of their sentences for the “al-Azhar Militia Case”.

In Egyptian law it is customary to give a general pardon once the prisoner has fulfilled half their sentence. Al-Shater has been on good behaviour but as yet there is no indication of an early release.

Khairat al-Shater has in total spent over 10 years in Egyptian prisons. His current sentence is 7 years of which he’s served 3 and half years.

 No evidence was presented during the initial hearing and the criminal court had thrown out the case, however by the request of Hosni Mubarak, al-Shater and other prominent members of the MB (Muslim Brotherhood) were tried before military courts.

In a statement to IHRC, Zahra, daughter of Khairat al-shater said:

“Please stand in solidarity with my father in calling for his immediate release, as he has been unjustly tried and detained for many years.  As a result of his prolonged detention, his health has severely deteriorated.”

IHRC urges the Egyptian government to abolish Emergency laws and calls for the immediate release of al-Shater and other political detainees and to end the process of politicizing the judiciary.

For further background information including prior IHRC alerts on the case of Khairat al-Shater, please visit the following links:

Forwarded Alert: Egypt – MB defense calls for immediate release of Al-Shater and his companions

Action Alert: Egypt – Khairat al-Shater’s health condition is seriously deteriorating

Update Alert: Egypt – Military Court of Appeal rejects Al-Shater’s appeal and WGAD condemns the decision

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