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Cairo prosecutors order 4-day detention of economist Abdel-Khalek Farouk for publishing 'false news'

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din, Tuesday 23 Oct 2018
Economic expert and writer Abdel-Khalek Farouk (Al-Ahram)
Economic expert and writer Abdel-Khalek Farouk (Al-Ahram)
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South Cairo prosecutors have ordered the detention of economic expert and writer Abdel-Khalek Farouk for four days for investigation on charges of publishing false news in his recently printed then confiscated book Is Egypt Really a Poor Country.

The prosecution also ordered the detention of Ibrahim El-Khatib, the owner of the printing house which printed the book, for four days on the same charges pending investigations.

During questioning, the prosecution accused Farouk of possession and publishing of print material which included false news and statements via his book, which included criticism of the government's economic policy.

Farouk is the author of several books on economic and social issues in Egypt and the region, and has previously served as an economic researcher in various public and private institutions.

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