The hearing on the renewal of pre-trial detention in prison for Patrick Zaki, who had been in pre-trial detention for almost 14 months in Tora prison, ended in Cairo. He reported it to theAnsa his lawyer, Hoda Nasrallah, adding that the Egyptian student from the University of Bologna is in a “very bad psychological state”. Patrick Zaki’s lawyers – for the first time – have asked to replace judges who decide on his pre-trial detention and “tomorrow or the day after” it will be known whether this request will be accepted. But Nasrallah also expressed little hope for his release.
As for the other hearings, diplomats from Italy, France, Canada and the United States they went to the Cairo court and filed, as usual, written communications expressing interest in the case.
In a tweet the secretary of the Democratic Party, Enrico Letta, he wrote: «Hope in the gaze of all of us, today in Cairo. For a new hearing on Patrick Zaki’s release from prison. Let’s not give up ». The tweet ends with the hashtag #freepatrickzaki. «The news coming from Cairo on #PatrickZaki is worrying: the request to change the judges for their persistence, his psychological state, the distrust that he can be released from prison. The torture continues, the push continues to ask for him as an Italian citizen and free », the deputy Pd comments on Twitter Filippo Sensi. «We are very worried about the outcome of today’s hearing and even more about the words of Patrick’s lawyer who described Zaki’s psychological health as” very bad “. And this can only confirm how urgent an intervention is to get Patrick out of that prison. It seems like an ordeal that never ends, being able to take Zaki out “, so was Riccardo Noury, spokesperson for Amnesty International.
The Egyptian student from the University of Bologna is accused of publishing critical posts about his country’s government. The detention of Zaki, who is 29, has lasted since February 8 last year and was extended for a further 45 days on March 1 last year.
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