Alexandrani is the pen name of Ismail Al Sayed Mohamed Omar Toufic, in homage to Alexandria, where he was born and raised. He was arrested on November 29, 2015 at Hurghada Airport in Egypt, upon his arrival from Germany.
Egyptian authorities have accused Alexandrani of belonging to a banned group and spreading false news. However, they have provided no evidence of wrongdoing or an official indictment.
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Ismail Alexandrani: Another critical voice silenced
Alexandrani’s main work, which has been published in various regional and international media such as “Al Araby” and “The Wilson Center”, revolves around the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. Much of his research explores the social and political issues in that region, and provides professional analysis on the situation there. Most importantly, he focuses on the security situation in the Sinai, which has become a hotbed of insurgency and attacks on unarmed civilians, like the attack in November 2017 on a mosque in Al-Rawda village in Northern Sinai, which left more than 300 people dead.
In January 2018, he was referred to military prosecutors, as he has spent more than two years in pre-trial detention without any charges filed in the court. This makes his situation significantly more difficult, as military prosecutions generally, and specifically in Egypt, have a reputation for imposing harsh sentences.
The following timeline provides a general overview of his arrests: