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Two Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya leaders to be released on bail

Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Apr 2016
Safwat Abdel Ghany
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A Giza criminal court ordered two senior Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya leaders, detained for almost two years, to be released on bail pending trial for charges of inciting violence.

Safwat Abdel-Ghany and Alaa Abu El-Nasr, members of the group and leaders of its political arm the Building and Development Party, were released on 1,000 EGP bail each.

They have been in detention since July 2014, and are charged with inciting violence while participating in the pro-Morsi Rabaa Al-Adawiya protest camp, which was forcibly dispersed by Egyptian security forces in August 2013.

Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, a militant Islamist group which formally renounced violence in the 1990s, played a key role in the pro-Mohamed Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy. The alliance was banned after Morsi's ouster and many leading figures arrested.

Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya formed its political party after the 2011 revolution and won 13 seats in the parliamentary elections of 2011-12.
 

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