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Egypt's state security prosecution releases 15 members of political parties pending investigations

The released men include political analyst Hassan Nafaa, regime critic Hazem Abdel-Azim, and Shady El-Ghazaly Harb, a leading member of the liberal-oriented Dostour Party.

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 19 Mar 2020
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Political actvist Hazem Abdel-Azim (Photo Courtesy of Abdel Azim's official Twitter account)
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Egypt's state security prosecution released on Thursday 15 members of different political parties and powers pending their trial in different cases, legal sources said. 

The released are facing trial on charges of spreading false news, supporting and joining an outlawed group, inciting illegal protests and attempting to overthrow of the regime."

The released men include political analyst Hassan Nafaa, regime critic Hazem Abdel-Azim, and Shady El-Ghazaly Harb, a leading member of the liberal-oriented Dostour Party.

Nafaa was arrested on 25 September 2019 on charges of inciting illegal anti-regime protests on 20 September 2019, as well as "supporting the objectives of a terrorist group."

Activists Abdel-Azim and Harb were  arrested in May 2018 on charges of spreading false news, joining an outlawed organisation, and inciting the overthrow of the regime.

Last October, the general prosecution announced the release of 500 detainees who were arrested in the wake of anti-government protests on 20 September. The announcement followed the release of 200 other detainees a week earlier in September.

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