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Egypt re­leases satirist af­ter two years in jail: Fam­ily

- Crime · Middle East News · Politics · Egypt · Cairo · Facebook · Abdel Fattah el-Sisi · Mohamed Morsy

Cairo, Egypt - An Egyp­tian ac­tivist and satirist de­tained for more than two years has been re­leased, his fam­ily has an­nounced.

Shady Abu Zeid was ar­rested in May 2018 and held in pre-trial de­ten­tion over charges of ‘mem­ber­ship of a banned group’ and ‘dis­sem­i­nat­ing false news’, ac­cord­ing to rights group Amnesty In­ter­na­tional.

‘Shady was re­leased un­der ju­di­cial su­per­vi­sion, and is now at home with us,’ his sis­ter Rola Abu Zeid wrote on Face­book on Satur­day.

The Cairo-based As­so­ci­a­tion for Free­dom of Thought and Ex­pres­sion (AFTE) said a court spe­cial­is­ing in ter­ror­ism made the de­ci­sion on Oc­to­ber 10.

Pre-trial de­ten­tion can last up to two years un­der Egyp­tian law, but the pe­riod is of­ten ex­tended.

Abu Zeid was part of a satir­i­cal tele­vi­sion talk show be­fore the au­thor­i­ties halted its broad­cast, and he also posted videos on so­cial me­dia.

In 2016, he courted con­tro­versy with a video that showed him giv­ing bal­loons made out of con­doms to se­cu­rity forces in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Egypt’s na­tional po­lice day.

Rights groups say the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah al Sisi has been cur­tail­ing free­doms since he took of­fice in 2014, af­ter the army’s ouster of late Is­lamist pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi the year be­fore. Co­me­di­ans, aca­demics, blog­gers, jour­nal­ists, po­lit­i­cal dis­si­dents, lawyers and ac­tivists are among those who have been jailed.

Ear­lier this year, Egypt faced in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion for the death in cus­tody of 24 year old film-maker Shady Habash.

 ??  ?? This file photo shows Shady Abu Zeid flanked by se­cu­rity per­son­nel as he stands to re­ceive con­do­lences af­ter the death of his fa­ther
This file photo shows Shady Abu Zeid flanked by se­cu­rity per­son­nel as he stands to re­ceive con­do­lences af­ter the death of his fa­ther

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