Dr Imran Waheed Press Release Re: Egypt Case

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    15th December 2003



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    Dr Imran Waheed

    Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain

    Suite 301

    28 Old Brompton Road

    London, SW7 3SS, United Kingdom



    Tel: +44-(0)7074-192400

    Email: press@1924.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.
     
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    Protests as Britons face second Christmas Day on trial in Egypt

    Owen Bowcott
    Saturday December 20, 2003
    The Guardian

    After 21 months in jail, three Britons will be marched into a steel security cage in Egypt's highest court next week to spend their second successive Christmas Day on trial.
    Reza Pankhurst, 27, an IT consultant, Ian Nisbet, 28, a convert to Islam who worked as a website designer, and Maajid Nawaz, 24, a London University student of Arabic, all deny trying to overthrow the state by propagating the ideas of a banned Islamic organisation.

    They maintain that they suffered beatings, sleep deprivation and torture by officers of Egypt's State Security Investigation unit.

    All three, who previously lived in London, are members of Hizb ut-Tahrir (the Islamic Liberation party), which is legal in Britain but outlawed in Egypt. They have been held in the political wing of Mas reh-Torah prison outside Cairo and are being tried alongside 23 Egyptians.

    They were arrested on April 1 2002 and then denied access to legal representation for 48 days. Next week, following a five-month break in hearings, a final verdict is expected.

    The prosecution did not produce any evidence to demonstrate that the Britons had contemplated violence. Instead, it relied on confessions reportedly extracted under torture and tried to prove that Islamic books found in the men's possession were outlawed.

    The reliability of the confessions was further questioned when it emerged that two of the men who signed them had only rudimentary Arabic and that Mr Pankhurst had inserted the word "lie" into several of his signatures.

    Islamic scholars at Al-Azhar, Egypt's oldest university, also advised the court that none of the books found in the men's possession was illegal.

    The round-up of Hizb ut-Tahrir members was part of a post-September 11 crackdown. But the British branch of the party repudiates the use of "violence or armed struggle against the [Egyptian] regime" to further its aim of creating an Islamic state.

    Maajid Nawaz's MP visited him in prison outside Cairo last week. David Amess, the Conservative MP for Southend West, said he hoped to raise the issue with Tony Blair: "The [Nawazes] are a lovely family and I feel it's my duty to help the situation ... Their families have endured so much."

    The campaign to free them will move to the Egyptian embassy in London on Monday when the men's wives lead a protest. The families have been angered by the fact that last Christmas, as the men stood trial, the prime minister met President Hosni Mubarak while holidaying in Egypt. No 10 belatedly said that the men's case had been raised.

    Humera Nisbet, the wife of Ian, said yesterday: "It's the Egyptian government that should be on trial for the injustices that they have committed and not these men."

    Alistair Nisbet, Ian's father, has, along with other relatives, been pressing the Foreign Office to demand an independent medical examination of the three men.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,...1110689,00.html

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