Egyptian photographer Israa El-Taweel released for medical reasons after 7 months detention

Ahram Online , Saturday 19 Dec 2015

El-Taweel will be remain police supervision until investigations in her case are completed

Israa El-Taweel
Egyptian photographer Israa El-Taweel (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Cairo Criminal Court ordered the release Saturday of Egyptian photographer Israa El-Taweel after nearly seven months in detention pending trial.

El-Taweel is to be tried on charges of belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, from which hails Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, spreading false information to tarnish the country's image, and endangering public safety.

Judge Hassan Fareed made press statements saying El-Taweel was released because of her medical condition and her need for to receive treatment outside prison. He added that El-Taweel will be under police supervision and is not allowed to leave her home without police permission.

The 23-year-old photographer sustained a spinal injury when she was shot in the back during the dispersal by the police of a protest in January 2014.

She has been using crutches to walk since.

A campaign was launched by her friends and family in June to determine the wherabouts of the journalist who disappeared. Sh was found weeks later when the interior ministry announced she had been arrested.

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