FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15th December 2003 CONTACT: Dr Imran Waheed Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain Suite 301 28 Old Brompton Road London, SW7 3SS, United Kingdom Tel: +44-(0)7074-192400 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.1924.org WIVES OF EGYPT PRISONERS TO LEAD LONDON PROTEST AGAINST SUZANNE MUBARAK London, UK, December 15 – The wives of three Muslim men from Britain, currently detained and on trial in Egypt, will lead a protest today [Monday] against the tyrannical Egyptian regime outside a dinner at the House of Lords that will be attended by Suzanne Mubarak, the wife of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Other guests at the dinner, which is taking place just ten days before the trial’s verdict, include Cherie Blair, the wife of the British Prime Minister. The three men, who are members of the well known Islamic political party Hizb ut-Tahrir, are on trial alongside twenty-three Egyptians, in what is the latest chapter in the Egyptian government’s vicious campaign against all those who dare to speak out about its corruption, unjust practices and tyranny. After arrest in April 2002 the men were held without charge for more than four months and denied access to legal representation for forty-eight days. There are confirmed reports that they were tortured at the hands of Hosni Mubarak’s crooked security service – including the use of electric shock punishment, deprivation of sleep, threats of sexual abuse, beatings and solitary confinement. Imran Waheed, a UK based doctor and Representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, “The feting of the Egyptian leader’s wife in this manner is perverse. It is further evidence that Egypt, a crooked partner in the so-called ‘war on terror’, has been given a green light by Britain to torture and imprison all those who seek an end to tyranny and corruption.” Hodan Pankhurst, the wife of one of the detainees, Reza Pankhurst, said, “It is the height of irony that Mrs. Mubarak has the gall to attend a dinner allegedly encouraging ‘women’s rights’, when our husbands were violently imprisoned and tortured by the Egyptian regime and when we were also threatened with imprisonment and mistreatment whilst in Egypt.” Notes to Editors: (1) The dinner is being held at 7.00 p.m. at the House of Lords on Monday 15th December 2003. (2) Hizb ut-Tahrir is an independent political party whose ideology is Islam. The party works throughout the Islamic world, including Egypt, to resume the Islamic way of life by re-establishing the Islamic Khilafah [Caliphate]. The party adheres to the Islamic Shari’ah in all aspects of its work. It considers violence or armed struggle against the regime, as a method to re-establish the Islamic State, a violation of the Islamic Shari’ah. In the Western world, the party seeks to explain the Islamic ideology to Muslims, to create a dialogue with Western thinkers about Capitalism and its ills and to present Islam as an ideological alternative. (3) Interviews with the wives of the three detainees from Britain are possible by arrangement.