Egyptian human rights lawyer Negad El-Borai was barred from travel by authorities at Cairo International Airport on Thursday morning as he attempted to board an international flight, Ahram Arabic news website reported, citing security sources at the airport.
Airport officials said that El-Borai was stopped in accordance with a judicial order.
El-Borai was referred to investigation in April over allegations that he formed his United Group law firm without a permit.
El-Borai was on his way to Amman to visit his wife who lives in Jordan.
“I will not appeal the [judge’s] decision or any other decision taken by the government, though if I am referred to court under clear charges I will defend myself,” El-Borai said on his official Twitter account Thursday afternoon.
El-Borai, who resigned from the semi-governmental National Council for Human Rights in 2014, added he is still committed to defending human rights and that he would not leave Egypt.
“We will fight the battle for freedoms until our last breathe,” he said.