Egypt releases four youths held over video mocking govt
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.