Victory! Alaa was released from prison on Sunday, December 25, 2011.
As soon as Alaa was freed, he went straight to Tahrir Square and spoke, holding his 3 week old son Khaled, who was born while he was in prison. "We need to end military rule,” Abdel-Fattah said as reported by the Associated Press, moments after his release outside Cairo's police headquarters. “We cannot just celebrate my innocence. We know from the beginning I am not the one who killed people. We have not gone after the real criminals who killed people.”
Thousands of people like you have signed petitions and rallied for Alaa’s release from his unjust imprisonment. Alaa’s imprisonment occurred soon after he published a scathing criticism of the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in Al-Shorouk, an independent Egyptian newspaper, about the deaths of 28 peaceful protesters at the hands of the armed forces during a protest in Maspiro, Cairo, on October 9th. He was falsely charged with inciting violence during the protest and carrying army weapons. When detained by military prosecution, he refused to be questioned as a civilian and was imprisoned until, after much external pressure from activists including his family, his case was transferred to a civilian court. He has been released pending further investigations and is banned from travel; he will continue to fight for his acquittal from the charges.
“Do not rejoice in my release. The real victory is when the Military Police commander stands behind bars while being tried for killing protestors,” Alaa is quoted saying in Al-Shorouk.
Alaa is one of over 12,000 Egyptian civilians who have been tried by military courts in Egypt since SCAF took power after Mubarak’s ouster on February 11, 2011. His release gives us hope that the many other political prisoners like him may also be released. Together, we will continue to fight for them and with them for justice, and for a free, democratic, inclusive, civilian-led Egypt.
Click here to watch Alaa speak about his detention