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Crackdown on Socialist Popular Alliance Party continues

Killing of Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh prompts series of crackdowns on party members


Socialist Popular Alliance member carries Shaimaa al-Sabbagh who was killed as police broke up their march in downtown Cairo, Egypt 24 January 2015
Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat officially stated that a police officer fired birdshots on 32-year-old Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh, killing her

By Marina Makary

Security forces in Alexandria arrested Ashraf Al-Shimy, a leading member in the Socialist Popular Alliance Party’s (SPAP) Alexandria branch Monday morning, with “no legal support” for doing so.

“We do not know why he was taken,” said lawyer Anas Sayed, a lawyer following-up on the case of SPAP member Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh’s killing. According to the party’s official Facebook page, police raided Al-Shimi’s home, searched his house, and “insulted his wife and sons”, then arrested him and took him to the police station.

Al-Shimy’s case is not the first in a series of crackdowns by the police on the party and its members. Police recently stormed the party’s headquarters in Alexandria, destroying its contents, arresting two party members and releasing them hours later. Vice-President of the SPAP, Zohdy El-Shamy, was also accused by prosecution authorities of killing Al-Sabbagh.

Alexandria-born SPAP member Al-Sabbagh was shot dead during a peaceful march in Talaat Harb Square in downtown Cairo on 24 January this year. Al-Sabbagh’s killing stirred public controversy, and both the party and eyewitnesses accused the police of the killing.

After a media gag was imposed on the case for several days, Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat officially stated that a police officer fired birdshots on 32-year-old Al-Sabbagh, killing her.

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