Former Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali July 14, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
A former presidential spokesperson under deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was released from prison on Wednesday, a few days after he received a jail sentence, a judicial source has told Ahram Online.
Earlier this week, Yasser Ali was sentenced by a Cairo court to six months in prison over charges including attempting to aid former Prime Minister Hisham Qandil to flee the country as well as membership of a terrorist group, identified by authorities as the Muslim Brotherhood.
His lawyer demanded his release, arguing that his client, who has been detained since his arrest on 31 December, had already served time in jail exceeding his sentence.
Ali was allowed to walk free from a Giza police station late on Wednesday, the source said, adding that the former spokesperson does not face charges in any other case.
He has appealed his conviction though, seeking official acquittal.
Egyptian authorities have mounted a sustained crackdown on Islamists since Morsi's overthrow in mid-2013. Hundreds of Islamists have been killed in street violence and thousands others locked up since.
Morsi, along with members of Muslim Brotherhood leadership are now behind bars, facing a multitude of charges that could carry the death penalty.
Ali was a Brotherhood member and a former spokesperson for the group's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party. He resigned from his post as Morsi’s spokesperson in February 2013, and later served as head of the cabinet's Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC).
PM Qandil was sentenced last year to one year in jail for failing to implement a court ruling to renationalise a textile firm. He was released in July on appeal.