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Rights lawyer Khaled Ali released on bail

Wednesday 24 May 2017
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Egyptian prosecutors released on Wednesday rights lawyer Khaled Ali on EGP 1,000 bail one day after he was detained pending investigation for performing an "obscene action" during a demonstration in January, according to his lawyer Mohamed Fathi.

State news agency MENA said Ali will be tried before a misdemeanor court on Monday 29 May over charges of "making an obscene action [that] offends public decency."

Ali, a prominent rights lawyer who recently spearheaded a case challenging the government's Tiran and Sanafir deal with Saudi Arabia, was released “without questioning,” Fathi said.

Ali made the "obscene gesture" as he was being lifted up by the crowd during a demonstration in January outside the State Council headquarters celebrating a court ruling annulling the government's 2016 deal to hand over control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. 

The case against Ali was filed by independent lawyer Samir Sabry in January.

Ali ran for president in Egypt's 2012 presidential elections, which saw the election of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

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