An Egyptian criminal court upheld on Monday an earlier court order to release well-known activist and blogger Wael Abbas and two others, turning down an appeal by the prosecution against the release order.
The court upheld the order to release Abbas, Walid El-Shobaky, and Momen Hassan under probationary measures, months after their arrest for "publishing false news and inciting against the state."
Abbas, 43, was arrested last May and charged by prosecutors of "publishing false news, information and statements with the aim of disturbing public peace and undermining trust in state institutions.”
Abbas was one of the pioneering bloggers in Egypt in the 2000s with his 'Egyptian Awareness' blog, which fiercely criticised government policies during the rule of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
He was also a strong critic of the Muslim Brotherhood during the rule of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, and has also been a heavy critic of the current government.