Egyptian satirist Shady Abu Zeid to remain in jail after court accepts prosecution's appeal

Ahram Online , Monday 11 Feb 2019

Shady Abu Zeid
video blogger Shady Abu Zeid

Egyptian satirist Shady Abu Zeid will remain in jail after a Cairo criminal court accepted an appeal by the prosecution against an earlier court decision to release Abu Zeid on probation after nearly nine months in detention.

The court has ordered that Abu Zeid is to remain in jail for 45 days over charges of spreading false news and joining an outlawed group. Abu Zeid was arrested on these charges in May 2018.

Abu Zeid is a video blogger who produced the satirical online news show 'The Rich Content,' which he had published on YouTube and Facebook since mid-2015.

In 2016, he sparked public outrage after releasing a video showing him and young actor Ahmed Malek handing balloons made of inflated condoms to police officers in Tahrir Square during the fifth anniversary of the uprising against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

The comedian was also a correspondent for popular satirical television programme Abla Fahita before he was let go following the condom video.

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