Political activists Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma (L) and Mohamed Adel (R) of the April 6 Youth Movement look on from behind bars in Abdeen court in Cairo, Dec. 22, 2013.  (photo by REUTERS)

Political activists Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma (L) and Mohamed Adel (R) of the April 6 Youth Movement look on from behind bars in Abdeen court in Cairo, Dec. 22, 2013. (photo by REUTERS)

In Egypt’s Tura Prison, imprisoned activists despair over future, Al-Monitor

… Today, a number of activists and journalists are sitting in cells inside the notorious Tura Prison — an expansive dust-hued compound about 45 minutes south of Cairo’s center — snarled in a justice system that remains creaky, cloudy and driven by politics. High-profile arrests, trumped-up charges and public defamation campaigns have successfully restored fear and disengaged the public from protesting, with few supporters attending recently scheduled hearings…

 

… activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, is imprisoned in the same cell block as Maher, Douma and Adel. He was arrested under the new protest law in late November with two dozen other activists.

 

His sister, activist Mona Seif, tweeted that detained Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is in the cell next to Fattah, “so at least they can talk through the walls, and they get to share books.” Greste and three other Al Jazeera journalists are detained for accusations related to “terrorism.”

 

Maher, Douma and Adel have told friends they have been placing their meals in Fattah’s cell to avoid being accused of eating while on a hunger strike. The three activists have resumed a strike they first began Jan. 1, said Maher’s wife, Reham Ibrahim, after prison officials failed to allow visits from family members. They spend only four hours a day outside solitary cells…