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Egyptian Judiciary in Service of Repression

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Click to expand Image Policemen and people walk in front of the main gate of Tora prison in Cairo on June 4, 2012. © 2012 Reuters Walid Shawky, a dentist and activist in Egypt, spent nearly two years in pretrial detention over abusive charges of “joining a terrorist organization,” “spreading false news,” and “misusing social media” without ever facing trial. On August 23, a judge ordered Shawky’s conditional release. It took authorities four days to transfer him from Cairo’s Tora Prison to al-Khalifa Police Station, just 14 kilometers away. He was then transferred twice more, eventually…

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