EuroMed Rights and BHRC to Launch Trial Observation Report on Aya Hegazy’s Case and Egypt’s Criminal Justice System

A new trial observation report, will be issued on 28 November 2017 at 18:30 in Garden Court (57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ)  by EuroMed Rights and the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC).

It reveals severe violations of international law committed by Egypt during the trial of Aya Hegazy, a dual US-Egyptian citizen and founder of the Belady Foundation.

Ms Aya Hegazy was held 1,081 days in detention, with her husband and six other defendants. She was acquitted of all charges in April this year, but the reasoned judgment is still pending.

The observation of her trial took place between 11 February 2016 and 16 April 2017 by BHRC who monitored six of the hearings in the case before the Abdeen District Court in Cairo (Egypt) on behalf of EuroMed Rights.

In their final report, the organisations raise concern over the use of extensive pre-trial detention, the failure to grant proper access to counsel and the delay in releasing Aya Hegazy following acquittal.

Of particular concern is that many of the issues identified in Ms Hegazy’s trial are not unique to her case but are systemic within the Egyptian criminal justice system. The observers therefore recommend that Egyptian authorities urgently address fundamental concerns within the wider criminal justice system.

The event will be chaired by Grainne Mellon, Executive Committee of BHRC, the report will be presented by Dr Theodora CHristou and Rupert Wheeler, Executive Committee of BHRC, and Moatz El Fegiery, Executive Committee of Euro Med Rights will discuss the wider issues of fair trial rights in Egypt.

A drinks reception will follow the discussion sponsored by Garden Court International. 

RSVP with Amanda June Chadwick, Executive Officer of BHRC at coordination@barhumanrights.org.uk.