On 21 February 1993, Abd al-Manim Gamal al Din Abd al-Munim, journalist with the pro-fundamentalist biweekly Al-Shaab, published by the Workers’ Party (Hizb al-Amal), was arrested by officers of the State Security Intelligence department (SSI) at his home and seized various items, including a computer. He was taken first to SSI headquarters, where he was tortured for a whole day before being taken to Abu Zaabal prison to await trial.
Although there is no evidence against him and he has never been accused of involvement in violence, the authorities regard him as a fundamentalist who may be a threat to national security.
He has been tried and acquitted twice: in 1993 in the so-called Talia al Fatah (a fundamentalist movement) case and in February 1999 in the "Returnees from Albania" case. He has been held since 30 October 1993 under the terms of a detention order that mentions no release date.
Until early 1995 he was held at Tora top-security jail. Then he was moved to Al Wadi al Gadid prison, south-west of Cairo in the Fayoum oasis.
His prison conditions are appalling.
He is married with a son. His wife lives with her parents in Qanater, in the northern suburbs of Cairo. She seldom sees her in-laws, who live in Cairo.