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Cairo court orders release of economist Abdel-Khalek Farouk pending investigation into spreading false news

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 29 Oct 2018
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Economic expert and writer Abdel-Khalek Farouk (Al-Ahram)
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A Cairo misdemeanour court has accepted an appeal by detained economist and writer Abdel-Khalek Farouk against his detention and ordered him released without bail pending investigation.

Last week, the economist was ordered detained four days pending investigation on charges of publishing false news in his recently printed, and then confiscated, book titled 'Is Egypt Really a Poor Country?'.

Following the detention of Ibrahim El-Khatib, the owner of the printing house that published the book, Farouk published an e-copy of his work.

The court also ordered today the release of El-Khatib, pending investigation.

Farouk was accused of  publishing 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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