April 6 Youth Movement cofounder Mohamed Adel was handed a 15-day detention order on Monday, one day after ending a hunger strike in protest against his holding conditions, according to lawyer Amr al-Kadi.
Prosecutors in Mansoura issued the order in relation to Adel’s June 18 arrest on charges of spreading false news.
The activist’s lawyer told Mada Masr that his client went on hunger strike for almost two weeks, starting July 2, to protest against his detention in an overcrowded ward in Mansoura Prison. Adel ended his hunger strike on Sunday, according to Kadi, after an officer from the National Security Agency intervened to facilitate his relocation to a less crowded ward, which typically houses detainees accused in public finances cases.
Following his June arrest, Daqahlia prosecutors attempted to interrogate Adel regarding his involvement in a different case, in which he faces charges of spreading false news with the intention of inciting anti-state sentiments and heading an illegal organization. Adel refused to be questioned in the absence of his lawyer, however, and his case was subsequently referred to a different office of the public prosecution in Daqahlia, which ordered his 15-day detention on July 5.
The April 6 Youth Movement cofounder was detained on June 18, during one of the daily 12-hour holding periods at his local police station. These holding periods constitute one of the probation conditions of his July 2017 release following a three-year prison sentence on protest-related charges. Following his detainment, Adel was handed a 15-day detention order on June 19 in relation to a legal complaint filed by a citizen who accused Adel of inciting anti-state sentiments in 14 posts on Facebook.
Prior to his June arrest, Adel was serving a three-year probation penalty as part of his 2015 sentence of three years in prison on charges of unlawful protesting at the time of his June detention. He was sentenced alongside prominent political activists and April 6 Youth Movement members Ahmed Maher and Ahmed Douma. The charges related to the November 2013 demonstrations outside the Shura Council against the protest law, which passed in the same month.