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Egypt court orders release of activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah
Published in Ahram Online on 19 - 02 - 2020

A Cairo criminal court ordered on Wednesday the release of political activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah and human rights lawyer Mohamed El-Baqar, according to rights lawyer Gamal Eid and Abdel-Fattah's family.
The prosecution has appealed the court order and a final decision is expected on Thursday, Eid and Alaa's sister, Mona Seif, said.
Alaa Abdel-Fattah, a blogger and software engineer, was released in March 2019 after serving a five-year sentence for protesting without a permit in violation of a 2013 law.
He was arrested again in September, along with El-Baqar, on the back of rare anti-government protests in Cairo and other cities.


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