Criticizing the repressive regime in Egypt and the police policy pursued by Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Amnesty International said that the Egyptian authorities are holding the founder of Juhayna Company, one of the largest dairy and juice companies in the country, Safwan Thabet and his son, in conditions amounting to torture, because of their refusal to give up their property.
According to the Amnesty International report issued today, Monday, the arrest of Safwan Thabet, founder and former CEO of Juhayna, last December, and his son Seif El-Din two months later, shook the famous company in Egypt.
Official media say the authorities are accusing the two of belonging to and financing a terrorist group, a charge commonly used in reference to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
While Amnesty International said, in a statement, that the authorities used such accusations on a large scale, in a security crackdown on opponents of various political trends, and are now using them to target businessmen.
They refused to give up the shares of Juhayna
The organization said that the authorities have not yet provided evidence on the charge of the two members’ affiliation with the group. It also confirmed, according to informed sources, that Egyptian security officials asked Safwan before his arrest and his son to hand over part of Juhayna Company to a government-owned entity, and Seif El-Din gave up the family’s right to its shares. .
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This came while the controversy still exists over the fate of the Egyptian Juhayna Company for Food Industries, which is partly owned by businessman Safwan Thabet, after a decision was issued by the Egyptian Stock Exchange, on May 25, to include the company in the list of companies likely to be delisted.
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For his part, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s director of research and advocacy for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “In addition to being denied the right to challenge the legality of their detention, Safwan and Seif El Din Thabet are being tortured by prolonged and indefinite solitary confinement.”
The Ministry of Interior and the Attorney General’s office have not commented on the case. It was not possible to contact a lawyer for Juhayna.
In May, Reuters obtained documents showing that Juhayna submitted several complaints to the authorities, due to the suspension and denial of licenses for dozens of vehicles owned by the company, which exposed it to loss.
Controversy still exists over the fate of the Egyptian Juhayna Company for Food Industries, which is partly owned by businessman Safwan Thabet, who is imprisoned on charges of financing terrorism, after a decision was issued by the Egyptian Stock Exchange on May 25 to include the company in the list of companies likely to be delisted.
The stock exchange’s decision comes a few weeks after a campaign to detain dozens of the company’s transport vehicles for what was said to be traffic violations, and the detention of a number of drivers on charges of driving without a license.
The Egyptian authorities generally deny accusations of mistreatment of prisoners and poor conditions in prisons.