Egypt detains man whose wife gave birth in handcuffs

18-year-old Egyptian Dahab Hamdy was 8 months pregnant when she accidently got caught up in an anti-coup protest on her way to hospital for a check-up on January 14.

Egypt detains man whose wife gave birth in handcuffs

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian policemen on Wednesday detained the husband of a woman who gave birth late last week with her hands cuffed to a hospital bed.

Ashraf Antar told Anadolu Agency he was being detained in a police station together with other people following a police raid on his home, where they were celebrating the birth of his daughter Horreya.

18-year-old Egyptian Dahab Hamdy was 8 months pregnant when she accidently got caught up in an anti-coup protest on her way to hospital for a check-up on January 14.

As Egyptian police cracked down on the protest, Hamdy and her friend were arrested for taking part in the protest even though they were clearly just passersby and taken to the Al-Amereya detention center. Since then, she has had her detention renewed 15 times.

When she went into labor, she was still in the detention. The authorities temporarily released her to go to hospital to give birth, but still handcuffed her to her hospital bed, and is now waiting to be taken back into detention.

She faces charges of taking part in an illegal protest, rioting and disrupting the polling process.

Islam Salama, Antar's lawyer, said he was still on the way to the police station to know the reason for his client's detention.

AA could not get immediate comments from the authorities on the reasons for detaining the man.

Egyptian security forces have launched a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent since the army's July ouster of Mohamed Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected president.

Last Mod: 20 Şubat 2014, 10:08
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