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2015 prison census - Egypt: Mosad Albarbary

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 14 December 2015
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, 2015 prison census - Egypt: Mosad Albarbary, 14 December 2015, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/56701f8d2b.html [accessed 17 January 2018]
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Mosad Albarbary, Ahrar 25
Medium:Television
Charge:Anti-state
Imprisoned:April 2, 2014

Albarbary, the administrative manager of Misr 25, a TV channel affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested in Beirut, where he had gone to reopen and manage another satellite station, Ahrar 25, on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hazem Ghorab, Misr 25's general manager, told CPJ. The Egyptian government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood to be a terrorist organization.

Ahrar 25operated from Lebanon from September 2013 to February 2014 but faced several disruptions before being finally removed from the air because of pressure from neighboring governments, according to news reports citing Islam Akl, a host at the station.

Albarbary was arrested near Rafik Hariri airport while he was waiting for the arrival of Mokhtar al-Ashry, head of the legal department of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to news reports. Al-Ashry was detained first and, when Albarbary inquired about him with airport authorities, he was also arrested. Both were detained for five days by Lebanon's National Security, after a request by the Egyptian government, then were deported to Cairo with Egyptian security agents, the reports said. Lebanese authorities said Albarbary had been extradited based on a bilateral extradition treaty between the countries, according to news reports. Ahrar TV staff members fled Lebanon after Albarbary was arrested, according to reports.

Upon their arrival in Cairo on April 7, Al-Ashry was charged with using a false passport, news reports said.

Albarbary was charged with "publishing false news" in order to supportthe Brotherhood's alleged operations room during the dispersal of the August 2013 sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in Cairo, where Egyptians had gathered to protest the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. The dispersal left hundreds dead, according to news reports. He was also charged with "spreading chaos" and "forming an operations room to direct the Muslim Brotherhood to defy the government" during the dispersal.

Albarbary was tried along with 50 other defendants, including prominent leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, who faced similar charges. Albarbary's lawyer, Mahmoud Amer, told CPJ that Albarbary was added to the Rabaa operations room case after it was referred to court in March 2014.

On April 11, 2015, a Cairo criminal court sentenced Albarbary to life in prison. Life sentences in Egypt are 25 years long, and can be appealed, according to newsreports. The Egyptian Court of Cassation accepted the request for an appeal on December 3, 2015, according to news reports. The date of the retrial had not been announced in late 2015.

Albarbary was being held at Tora prison. In April 2015, his wife said that prison authorities were restricting her visits. Amer told CPJ the journalist was in good health.

CPJ did not include Albarbary on its 2014 prison census because the organization was unable to determine at that time whether his imprisonment was related to his journalistic work. Albarbary was included in CPJ's mid-2015 special census of journalists imprisoned in Egypt.

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