Gianluca Costantini
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Freedom for Abdul Rahman Jamal Metoli Ibrahim El Shawaikh

April, 19, 2021

A letter from a young Egyptian political prisoner to his mother.

We hold the international community accountable for what happened with the young man Abdul-Rahman Jamal Metwally Al-Shuwaikh because of your support for Abdel fatah al-Sisi’s regime.

Yesterday, I was visiting Abdul-Rahman, “my son”, in the high-security prison of Minya. This was the first time I have seen the way Abdul-Rahman looked. He looked very tired, sad and stranger than any other visit. He told me that he had been beaten, tortured and sexually assaulted by monsters in the form of human beings.
This is a part of the letter he wrote and gave to me:

“My mother, I hesitated a lot to write these words to you because the most severe thing that happened to me in prison happened on 04/06/2021. It wasn’t only torture. It was torture and sexual assault that made me suffer psychologically to the point I couldn’t bear. I kept it for the cause of Allah and will ask him the reward on the doomsday.
Oh mom, you have to come, because it could be the last time you see me. I am going to start a hunger and drink strike, help me mother with whatever you can do in this matter.
Report to the Attorney General and Human Rights everywhere. And raise a case in the United Nations, let Omar raise it. I will go on hunger strike until death because I intended to apply the Hadith of our messenger Mohamed, may Allah bless him and grant him peace:(Whoever dies defending his family “honor” is a martyr.).
As I told you, I hesitated to tell you this because I did not want to make you sad or angry, but it was very hard, and I had to tell you, Mom. My mother, there is a lot of details I want to tell you that’s why I want you to come to tell you everything that happened to me. What happened to me did happen because I say one hadith of The Prophet Mohamed every day without an explanation from the window of the prison ward in order to teach the criminals people who are in the other wards our prophet’s Hadith. There is a person (facilitator) he is a criminal, actually a prisoner but he is higher than the informants, the detectives themselves, he deals with the chief of investigations And he orders all the informants, and he has his
criminal gang inside, opening the door, trash, appointment … etc.
The criminal facilitator was upset by the Hadith I say every day. He sent me to the Shu “the solitary confinement” two months ago. That time I had a problem with my money in the prison canteen and I complained to the facilitator that someone signed my name and received my money. I said that I will raise a case of forgery in official papers and theft of money in order to solve the problem and see who did that. And I have been asking for a solution to this problem.
The last time we spoke, “me and the facilitator”, we argued a lot because of the procrastination. He threatened me saying, “I will teach you, how to raise your voice while talking to me”. Then he called the informants and soldiers of the striking force to hold my shoulders, tie me up, blindfold my eyes and rip off my clothes. I was completely naked, I screamed, asked them and swore on them to let me free and to cover my naked body. They sexually assaulted me, they violated my honor. After that they opened my eyes to humiliate me and make me kneel under his feet. They really did that by force while my hands and my feet were cuffed.
When I told the informants that they were doing this because of a criminal prisoner, who was upset because of the Prophet’s hadiths which he didn’t want to hear, they kept torturing me. I kept telling them to remember the doomsday when Allah asks them about what they have done to me. I was telling them that I will ask Allah to punish them on doomsday for what they have done to me. They became angrier, then they violated my honor again and sexually assaulted “rapped” me, then make me kneel under his feet as he was setting.
Any way Thanks to Allah,
Sufficient is Allah for us and He is the best to rely on.
Allah is the greatest, and He is the Knower.
Forgive me, mom for telling you.

Each of the following took part in this heinous crime:

  1. Minya Prison Officer: Muhammad Muhammadin.
  2. Minya Prison Block Secretary: Amran.
  3. Informant: Hussein.
  4. Informant: Ashraf.
  5. Criminal Facilitator: Alaa Nagy (Abu Mando).
  6. Soldiers from the strike force in Minya Prison.

Yesterday, after the visit, I submitted a verbal complaint to each of: the officer present during the visit and the prison warden. Then I went to the Public Prosecution headquarters of Minya and filed a written complaint that included the incident of physical and sexual abuse with names attached.


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