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Eman Al-Helw

Status:  Prevention Detention in Case 1739/2018


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Eman Al-Helw was arrested on February 28, 2019. She was detained in an undisclosed location for four days before appearing at the State Security Prosecution on March 4, 2019, at which time the prosecution remanded al-Helw and others to custody for 15 days on charges of participating in a terrorist group and using an internet account (Facebook) to commit a crime punishable by law. Eman al-Helw was arrested alongside over 70 others in an ongoing arrest campaign sparked by social media users’ criticism of the government and calls for protests in the aftermath of the train crash that left 22 dead and 43 others injured.

The defendants are investigated in relation to Case 1739/2018, along with dozens of others who were arrested in the crackdown that has followed public outrage over a deadly train crash at Ramses Station that killed 22 and injured 43.



December 4, 2019

Public Prosecution successfully appeals to the Criminal Court of Cairo’s decision to release Eman Al-Helw. She is sent back to preventive detention for an additional 45 days.


December 3, 2019

The Criminal Court of Cairo grants the release of Eman Al-Helw under precautionary measures

September  4, 2019

Custody period extended for 45 days by the Criminal Court.

July 28, 2019

Custody period extended for 45 days by the Criminal Court.


July 27, 2019

First hearings to renew the detention before the Criminal Court

April 10, 2019

Custody period extended for 15 days by the State Security Prosecution

March 18, 2019

Eman is assaulted during a compulsory medical examination conducted while in custody without her consent and for no medical purpose 

March 16, 2019

Custody period extended for 15 days by the State Security Prosecution on charges of joining a terrorist group and calling for March 1 demonstrations

March 4, 2019

Custody period extended for 15 days by the State Security Prosecution

February 28, 2019

Eman is arrested and detained in an undisclosed location for 4 dqys