Egypt’s dirty war (part I): Baptised in blood

Since 2013, Egypt’s Sisi has conducted a ‘war on dissent’ through an extreme form of militarised policing,

by Hossam el-Hamalawy

Gamal Khairy is an Al-Azhar University student in his early 20s from the southern Egyptian province of Menya.
He was detained by the state security police in February 2016, while visiting his uncle in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia.

An Egyptian judge, last November, confirmed a 15-year-prison sentence for Khairy, after he was found guilty of involvement in the assassination of the country’s public prosecutor in the summer of 2015.

The young man was accused of several charges, including the possession of firearms, and training his fellow defendants on the use of firearms and sniping, according to his lawyer. There was a little problem however with the police narrative, which Khairy’s lawyer and family tried repeatedly in vain in court to convey to the judge: Khairy is blind.

This article was first published on the alaraby Website.