Rights group condemn Egyptian state security

An Egyptian rights group is accusing the country’s public prosecution office of playing a role in the detainment of 23-year old blogger Diaa Eddin Gad, who disappeared in early February.
Moderator of "Angry Voice" blog, Diaa Eddin Gad, has been missing for 19 days. Rights group says he is being held in El-Qata prison © Angry Voice

BEIRUT, February 26, 2009 (MENASSAT) - The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), a Cairo-based NGO, condemned Egypt's public prosecution office (PPO) for not holding Egyptian state security accountable for the alleged kidnapping of 23-year old blogger Diaa Eddin Gad.

According to ANHRI, the PPO was aware that Gad was being held in state security detention.

“ANHRI expresses its deep disappointment over the prosecution's disinclination in punishing those responsible for kidnapping the young blogger while it had full knowledge of his arrest by the State Security Headquarters,” said the organization in the statement.

Gad is the moderator of the “Angry Voice” blog and had criticized the Egyptian government’s actions during Israel's 22-day assault on Gaza, which left over 1,400 Palestinians killed and 4,000 injured. 

He said that Egypt continued its “support for Israel” through fuel sales and by keeping its border with the Gaza Strip closed throughout most of the war - a decision that spurred anger towards the Egyptian government across the Arab world.

Rights group calls security investigations "lies"

In the afternoon on February 6, Gad suddenly disappeared from his home in Qotour in the Egyptian district of El-Gharbeyya.

According to a report by Daily News Egypt, Gad was attacked by four men dressed in civilian clothes before being escorted to a nearby truck belonging to the central security forces.

It is only recently, three weeks after his disappearance, that information has surfaced on the whereabouts of Gad.

According to ANHRI, the blogger is currently in detention at the El-Qata prison in the Giza district near Cairo.

The organization says the prosecution provided Egyptian state security with “enough time to punish Dia, detain him, and then transfer him to Katta prison.”

Meanwhile, ANHRI said that it won't back down to "lies" by the state security investigations.

“State security investigations bodies can falsify the date of Diaa's detention order, they can use the tabloid press to extol its so-called role in maintaining security, the public prosecution office can ascribe the kidnapping incident to an unknown person"

"But we know the names of the officers who punished [Gad], and we know the name of the person who kidnapped him. We are aware of all the lies they want us to swallow, and we will publish them for the public opinion. Silence is not an option for us,” said ANHRI.