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Parliamentary questions
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3 March 2021
Question for written answer  E-001248/2021
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Giuseppe Milazzo (PPE), Antonio Tajani (PPE), Salvatore De Meo (PPE), Fulvio Martusciello (PPE), Aldo Patriciello (PPE), Massimiliano Salini (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Unwarranted detention of Patrick Zaky

On 2 March 2021, an Egyptian court decided to prolong by a further 45 days the detention of the Egyptian student Patrick Zaky, who has been held in Cairo for almost a year now. Zaky stands accused of inciting protests, attempting to overthrow the government, using social media to threaten national security and spreading propaganda on behalf of terrorist groups. No evidence has ever been produced to substantiate these charges which have, nevertheless, caused him to be unjustly detained without due process of law.

1. Has the Vice-President / High Representative set up a diplomatic channel for discussions with the Egyptian Government? Has action been taken with the Italian Government to follow developments in this case?

2. What initiatives will he take to promote determined and effective action to obtain Mr Zaky’s immediate release?

Original language of question: IT
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