Cairo 8 February, 2018
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) launched this morning the second guide of the “Lawyer’s Guide” series entitled “The Lawyer and Political Cases” which provides lawyers with some legal advice and legal expertise to assist them in their role in cases considered by the State Security Prosecution and how to overcome difficulties faced by lawyers and defendants in political cases.
The guide comes in 23 pages of small cut (pocket size) divided into 15 Q&As about the professional rules and procedures that the lawyer can commit to in his/her role and the solutions that must be used to face the special situations that obstruct his/her work in political cases.
The guide deals with the problems faced by lawyers in cases that are usually considered by the State Security Prosecution in three different phases: The first phase is in case of the enforced disappearance of the defendants, how and where to search for the client and the available legal solutions to find out his/her whereabouts.
While the second phase is the interrogation stage, in the case the lawyer doesn’t know when will the interrogation take place and how to confront attempts to conduct the interrogation in his/her absence.
What are the steps that he/she needs to do in order to be able to attend with his/her client.
The third phase is after the defendant appears, and what should be done by the lawyer in case he/she did not attend the first interrogation or if the defendant was subjected to torture, and how to help the defendant communicate with his/her family.
ANHRI said “The alarming rise in the phenomenon of enforced disappearance, the de facto conducting of the first investigation by the State Security Prosecution without a lawyer, as well as the increase in the number of political cases made it important to publish this guide at this moment to provide lawyers with the necessary expertise to deal with such cases”.
Today ANHRI will begin distributing the guide which is also available through the following link: