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Correction: Prosecution appeals release order for Egyptian rights campaigner Mina Thabet

Thabet's arrest in May came in amid government investigations into a number of Egyptian NGOs over 'illegal foreign funding'

Ahram Online , Saturday 18 Jun 2016
Mina Thabet
A TV still of Mina Thabet while he was hosted by OnTV
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A judge is set to rule on the prosecution's appeal on Monday against human rights campaigner Mena Thabet, and will decide whether the campaigner will be released or remains in detention pending further investigation.

On Saturday, Egypt prosecution appealed a release order on bail by a court for the rights campaigner who is facing charges of seeking to overturn the regime and joining a terrorist group.

Thabet, the programme director for minorities and marginalised groups at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, has remained in custody for nearly a month since he was arrested at the end of May.

Thabet's detention came amid renewed government investigations into a number of Egyptian NGOs over “illegal foreign funding".

Rights watchdog Amnesty International had condemned the arrest of Thabet , calling it a "flagrant attack against freedom of expression and association." The London-based rights group described Thabet as "a pillar of Egypt’s human rights community" who "has tirelessly worked to defend the rights of minority groups, including Coptic Christians."

 

*An earlier version of this report stated that Mina Thabet was released from jail.

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