After nearly three months of enforced disappearance, Helwan court on Saturday 03/10/2015 sentenced “Ahmed Rifai Ahmed Feki” student at the Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences, Ain Shams University, for a period of 15 days pending investigations.

The security forces had raided the apartment the student and a group of his colleagues on Saturday, 7/11/2015, and then arbitrarily arrested him without a permit or a reasoned judicial order where he was taken to an unknown location to his family or lawyer,  Despite the fact that the student family submited reports to the Attorney General and searched for their son in all police stations, but the security services continued to deny custody of the student, until his first appearance on the third of October to be viewed before “Helwan” Court which sent him into custody pending investigations.

What happened to the student is a clear violation of the second paragraph of Article I of the International Convention for the Protection of Persons from Enforced Disappearances, which stipulates that: “it may not be invoked in exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability, or in any case an exception the other, to justify enforced disappearances “.

As well as article 54 of the Egyptian Constitution which states: ” Personal freedom is a natural right, shall be protected and may not be infringed upon. Except for the case of being caught in flagrante delicto, it is not permissible to arrest, search, detain, or restrict the freedom of anyone in any way except by virtue of a reasoned judicial order that was required in the context of an investigation, every person whose freedom is restricted shall be immediately notified of the reasons therefore; shall be informed of his/her rights in writing; shall be immediately enabled to contact his/her relatives and lawyer; and shall be brought before the investigation authority within twenty four (24) hours as of the time of restricting his/her freedom.’