CEU MA student Ahmed Samir Santawy was arrested in Cairo on February 1, 2021. On February 6, Ahmed was charged with belonging to a terrorist organization and spreading false news on social media. He is currently remanded in the notorious Tora Prison, without a hearing or any legal representation.
CEU condemns this denial of our student’s right to a fair hearing and calls on the Egyptian authorities to grant Ahmed immediate access to legal counsel and to his family. We have no evidence that would support the charges against Ahmed and call for his immediate release.
We encourage universities and institutes of higher education in Austria, Europe and around the world, as well as students' associations and colleagues everywhere to join us in calling for Ahmed’s immediate release.