My column in Mada Masr on the forced disappearance of four young men inside Egypt’s prison system:
Omar Abdel Maqsoud and his brothers have been locked up for five months. They were arrested in April and imprisoned in the Meit Ghamr police station before a court ordered their release more than ten days ago. Bail was paid and the required paperwork was completed. Yet instead of being set free, they disappeared.
The police claimed they had let them go but instead kept them shackled and hidden inside Egypt’s detention labyrinth without even the pretense of legal justification. They finally turned up over a week later in a police station in another town, facing new charges for acts they supposedly committed during their fictitious few days of freedom.
Even by the ruthless standards of Egypt’s penal system, the Abdel Maqsoud case stands out.