the wife of The author, Najla Salama, confirmed to the newspaper electronic alternative Katib that national security officers arrested Faruq and took him to a police station. Faruq, 60 years, has accumulated a long experience as an expert in the economic field and has published numerous articles and books, some of them award-winning. “He is progressive and almost always has been critical with the power. And therefore, as was briefly imprisoned during the Mubarak regime,” says a friend of the university who prefers to remain anonymous.
Hostile to the islamist ideology, Faruq applauded the coup in July 2013 against president Mohamed Morsi, of the Muslim brotherhood, and came even to support the campaign of marshal Al-Sisi to the presidency in 2014. A year before, the main publishing house of the State had published his book The economy of the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt and the world. Yours is not the first case of an intellectual or activist persecuted for righteousness after you have changed your mind about the Government of Al-Sisi, has continued to expand the thickness of your red lines, with the passing of the years.
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on Wednesday, three days after the filing of the printing press and confiscated all available copies of the book of Faruq, the police interrogated him for several hours to the owner of his publishing house. The work, which THE COUNTRY has had access to PDF version, is posed as a response to some statements made by Al-Sisi last year in which he stated that Egypt “is a very poor country”. In his essay, the economist argues that the underdevelopment experienced by the country is the result of some flawed policies, and censorship of the waste and corruption that dominate various ministries, especially those related to the exploitation of natural resources.
Precisely, the arrest of the economist, came the same day that the egyptian Parliament ratified the extension for additional three months a state of emergency decreed by president Al-Sisi. The regime first imposed in April last year, just a few days after two suicide attacks, simultaneous cons orthodox churches on Easter day, which took the lives of 45 people and were claimed by the local branch of the self-styled Islamic State.
A special court
“The declaration of a state of emergency is a further demonstration of the interest of the current Government to silence any dissident voice”, pointed to by phone to Hussein Baoumi, Amnesty International’s researcher. The human rights defenders believe that the main reason behind this decision is to enable a jurisdiction of exception. “The regime resorted to this option when considering that ordinary justice was too slow, and, especially in the court of cassation, not got the verdicts he wanted. The State Security Courts of Emergency are very useful because there are fewer safeguards for the accused, especially because it is not possible to appeal their sentences,” explains Baoumi.
The current Constitution, adopted in 2014, limits the state of emergency to a maximum period of three months and only allows your extension a single time. However, having made the law, made the trap. The Government fails to meet the deadline, to immediately reimponerlo again. During the previous dictatorship, led by Hosni Mubarak, Egypt lived under the state of emergency virtually uninterrupted for three decades, as it was the main legal instrument of the regime to restrain the freedoms of the citizenry. Although the current also uses it, prefers to establish its tyranny over a more extensive repertoire of standards, including the anti-terrorism act 2015.