Egypt court frees au­thor of crit­i­cal book on econ­omy

The Gulf Today - - MIDDLE EAST -

CAIRO: An Egyp­tian court has re­leased the au­thor of a book about Egypt’s econ­omy more than a week after he was ar­rested for ques­tion­ing on charges of pub­lish­ing false news, he said on Tues­day.

Ab­dul Kha­lik Farouk’s ar­rest on Oct.21 was the lat­est in a cam­paign against jour­nal­ists, rights ac­tivists and government crit­ics that have drawn wide con­dem­na­tion from in­ter­na­tional rights groups.

Days be­fore Farouk’s ar­rest, lo­cal me­dia re­ported that draft copies of his book, “Is Egypt Re­ally a Poor Coun­try?”, which in­cludes crit­i­cism of the government’s eco­nomic poli­cies, were seized by au­thor­i­ties from a pub­lisher.

Farouk said a court in south­ern Cairo on Mon­day or­dered him and the owner of the print shop that pub­lished his book, re­leased. They were re­leased from a lo­cal po­lice sta­tion after the hear­ing, he added.

Farouk de­scribed his ar­rest as part “of a cam­paign against free­dom of ex­pres­sion” and said the conis­ca­tion of his book was an act of “se­cu­rity in­tim­i­da­tion” which is il­le­gal un­der Egyp­tian laws.

Two lo­cal news­pa­pers had ear­lier re­ported Farouk’s re­lease.

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