It is been a short time since Ahmed Abdallah, head of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedom (eCRF), was released on bail from prison, where he spent five months. Abdallah, along with eCRF, immediately followed up on Regeni’s case as a consultant of Regeni’s family.
Despite his release, the government’s unwanted attention has not let up. Last Thursday, the association’s offices were targeted by Cairo’s secret services. Four men in civilian clothes, who identified themselves as officials from the Ministry of Investment, tried to search the headquarters of the association, which has engaged for years in documenting forced disappearances.
The four men refused to show their identity cards, but Abdullah recognized at least one as a police officer: “For a long time they didn’t target ECRF, they just targeted me. This time they went to the body itself,” he told The Guardian.
Everybody and everything is wrapped up in the tentacles of the Egyptian repression system, the same one that keeps tightening around Abdallah: Although he was released on Sept. 10, he remains under investigation for incitement to violence and attempt to subvert the government.