Three members of network marketing company TVI Express are set to be tried next month.
Ahmed Ali, who is also involved in the company, said his colleagues were arrested without a warrant. “The lawyers do not understand why they are being held,” he said.
TVI Express is a London-based company that specialises in the tourism sector, Ali said. It still does not have an office in Cairo. “Instead of meeting at cafés, we decided to hold our meetings in business centres,” Ali said.
Almost three weeks ago, a police officer specialising in public funds investigations showed up to a meeting and asked four people accompany him to a police station. Eventually he let two of them go but when a third person from the company interfered to try to secure the release of the two who were kept in custody, he was also detained.
The three were ordered to remain in custody on remand for 15 days which was set to be renewed on Tuesday. “The judge, however, said that he had only received this case Tuesday morning,” Ali said.
The judge announced a verdict would be determined on 11 June.
Ali and others held a peaceful protest to show solidarity with the three detainees on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, they learned that the detainees had been moved to Tora Prison.
“We are a network marketing company,” Ali said. “We do not use a pyramid scheme.”