Egypt re­leases four youths held over video mock­ing govt

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FOUR mem­bers of a band who were ar­rested in May over an on­line video mock­ing the gov­ern­ment have been re­leased, their lawyer said.

The four young men from the group known as Street Chil­dren had posted a video on the in­ter­net pok­ing fun at the de­val­u­a­tion of the Egyp­tian pound and the re­turn of two is­lands to Saudi Ara­bia.

“Three of them – Mo­hammed Ye­hya, Mo­hammed al-Des­souki and Mo­hammed Gabr – were re­leased on [Septem­ber 11] while Mo­hammed Adel got out to­day,” de­fence lawyer Hazem Salah said yes­ter­day.

Mr Salah said the four were freed on con­di­tion that they clock in twice a week at their lo­cal po­lice sta­tion for the next 45 days.

The four youths were ac­cused of “pro­mot­ing ideas call­ing for ter­ror­ist acts by post­ing a video on so­cial net­works and YouTube”, a mem­ber of the de­fence team said af­ter their ar­rest.

They are also sus­pected of “in­cite­ment to take part in demon­stra­tions dis­turb­ing pub­lic or­der” and “in­cit­ing mobs to com­mit hos­tile ac­tions against state in­sti­tu­tions”.

The case sparked pub­lic anger, and in June the New York-based Hu­man Rights Watch group (HRW) urged Egypt to drop le­gal charges against the four.

Rights groups ac­cuse Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah al-Sisi of run­ning an ul­tra-au­thor­i­tar­ian and re­pres­sive regime since he de­posed his demo­crat­i­cally elected Is­lamist pre­de­ces­sor Mo­hamed Morsi in 2013.

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