HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Editorials & Other Articles (Forum) » Half an Hour With Khaled ...

Mon Dec 19, 2011, 06:58 AM

Half an Hour With Khaled (Alaa Abd El Fattah a.k.a. Abu Kaled)

Monday, December 19, 2011
Half an Hour With Khaled
A piece smuggled out of jail by Alaa Abd El Fattah.

Published in Arabic an al Shorouk on December 19th

Fate chose that my imprisonment should be connected to the civil judiciary: I was imprisoned in 2006 with fifty comrades from Kefaya movement and untold hundreds of the Muslim Brotherhood because of our solidarity with the intifada of the judiciary against Mubarak and his regime. We protested for the independence of the judiciary and their complete supervision of the elections, and so were imprisoned by the State Security Prosecutor for a month and a half.

And now, in the era of the revolution I was imprisoned by the military prosecutor as a punishment for insisting on appearing before a civil judge. And perhaps also as a punishment for my role in the events of Maspero, which was also connected to the civil judiciary: our stand in the Coptic Hospital to ensure a serious investigation by the pubic prosecutor and our insistence on genuine autopsies by the coroner. This stand was the reason my name was listed in the files of the police and military intelligence.

With the killing of new martyrs in Tahrir we gained a victory in the Maspero case. But it is a victory with a Ganzouri taste. Itís true that the case was referred to the civil courts but instead of standing in front of an independent investigating judge I find myself once more in front of the higher state security prosecutor.

In the era of the deposed we used to refuse being tried by state security prosecution because it is an exceptional judiciary. But in the era of Ganzouri we agreed to it on the basis that the exceptional civil is better than the exceptional military. And because it was a Ganzouri victory I did not rejoice. In fact I came back from the prosecutor in a miserable state. I spent my most difficult week in jail because what had gone before had been a struggle and a stand against military trials, and struggle inspires patience and makes resilience easy. But what was the meaning of my continued imprisonment after the case was referred? Whatís the aim of my resilience?


2 replies, 2345 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 2 replies Author Time Post
Reply Half an Hour With Khaled (Alaa Abd El Fattah a.k.a. Abu Kaled) (Original post)
EFerrari Dec 2011 OP
Jefferson23 Dec 2011 #1
EFerrari Dec 2011 #2

Response to EFerrari (Original post)

Mon Dec 19, 2011, 02:48 PM

1. snip from the OP

The country is what we love and what we live; what makes us happy and what makes us sad. If the state falls it is not just the Midan that will remain; what will remain is the love of strangers and everything that impelled us towards the Midan and everything that we learned in the Midan.

Love is immortal and sorrow is immortal and the Midan is immortal and the shaheed is immortal and the country is immortal. As for their state it is for an hour. Just for an hour.

Amazing and in solidarity..K&R

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Response to Jefferson23 (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 19, 2011, 04:15 PM

2. "to discover that our love for life is resistance" -- many profoundly beautiful insights.

Alaa is an amazingly gifted person.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread