Egyptian online satirist charged with 'insulting the state' released pending investigation

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 24 Oct 2016

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Egypt's Online Satirist Khaled Abdel Latif "Translation Cleared" page on Facebook (Photo Courtesy of the satirical page on Facebook)

A North Cairo prosecution ordered on Monday the release of Khaled Abdel Latif, the administrator of a satirical Facebook page, pending investigation on charges including “insulting state institutions”. 

Abdel Latif, founder and administrator of a page called “Translation Done” on Facebook, was arrested last weekend by security forces at his home.

On Sunday, prosecutors had ordered Abde-Latif detained 15 days pending investigation.

Abdel Latif, a copy writer at the prominent night puppet show Abla Fahita on CBC TV, also faces charges of inciting protests on 11 November and disturbing security and public peace.

“Translation Cleared,” long known for its sarcastic content on social issues and trends on social media, has more than one million likes on Facebook.

Mahmoud Ezzat, a colleague of Abdel Latif at Abla Fahita, told Ahram Online he believes an eight-second video that went viral on social media mocking Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s “Change or Fakka” initiative might be the reason behind his arrest. 

Ezzat stressed that Abdel Latif does not have any political affiliations.

In the past week, several people have been detained on charges of joining the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood and inciting "illegal protests on 11 November," over the country’s economic situation.

No political or social group have backed the anonymous calls to protest.

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