During a prison visit last Wednesday, Shawkan's family discovered that he had been moved from Tora Istiqbal prison along with the other defendants in his case. Hundreds of relatives of other prisoners, many of whom had made long journeys to visit their loved ones, shared their anger and confusion. The family was told, unofficially, that Shawkan and the others had been moved to Tora Tahqiq. The two prisons are in the same complex, but are run by different units of the prison authority.
Yesterday, Shawkan's mom and dad went to Tora Tahqiq. It took 12 hours, but they were able to see him. They say that he is well, although his cell is now more crowded: there are 18 prisoners in one cell, whereas before they were 12.
Shawkan, a young freelance #photojournalist, is in his fourth year of imprisonment although he has committed no crime, and prosecutors have presented no evidence against him.
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