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Egypt to free members of leading rights group - sources, state media

The detentions, on charges including joining a terrorist group and publishing false news, drew public objections from the United Nations and Western governments, and triggered a broad campaign by international rights campaigners. The public prosecution had decided to release Abdel Razek along with EIPR criminal justice director Karim Ennarah and administrative manager Mohamed Basheer, and was finalising security procedures, a judicial source said.

Reuters | Cairo | Updated: 03-12-2020 22:58 IST | Created: 03-12-2020 22:49 IST
Egypt to free members of leading rights group - sources, state media
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Prosecutors in Egypt have ordered the release of three members of a leading human rights group who were arrested last month in a case that has drawn widespread international criticism, judicial and security sources said on Thursday.

Security services detained the three staff members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), including director Gasser Abdel Razek, after the group gave a briefing to senior diplomats on Nov. 3. The detentions, on charges including joining a terrorist group and publishing false news, drew public objections from the United Nations and Western governments, and triggered a broad campaign by international rights campaigners.

The public prosecution had decided to release Abdel Razek along with EIPR criminal justice director Karim Ennarah and administrative manager Mohamed Basheer, and was finalising security procedures, a judicial source said. The three would be released pending further investigations, a security source said. State newspaper Akhbar el-Youm also reported the decision to free the three men.

There was no immediate official statement from the prosecution. EIPR said its lawyers were trying to obtain details about how and when the men would be released.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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