Egypt photojournalist describes detention

2015-04-07 21:41
Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi clash with anti-government protesters (unseen) following demonstrations in Cairo. (Mohamed El-Shahed, AFP)

Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi clash with anti-government protesters (unseen) following demonstrations in Cairo. (Mohamed El-Shahed, AFP)

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Cairo - An Egyptian photojournalist who has spent over 600 days locked up without any charges describes his prison as a "cemetery" and his indefinite detention as "psychologically unbearable" in a letter published by a rights group.

Mahmoud Abou-Zeid, known by his nickname Shawkan, was arrested in August 2013 while taking photographs of the government's violent dispersal of a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Over 600 people were killed in the dispersal.

Since then, the 27-year-old photojournalist has been held without charges, interrogated on suspicion of taking part in a violent Islamist protest. Abou-Zeid calls the accusations "fabricated," and said he was taking pictures of what felt like "a war."

Abou-Zeid's brother, Mohammed, said on Tuesday the letter was sent last weekend.

Amnesty International later published it.

Read more on:    amnesty international  |  mahmoud abou-zeid  |  egypt  |  north africa

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