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Prosecution appeals Atfal Shawaree band member's release on bail

Ezz El-Din Khaled, a 19-year-old university student and member of a performance art band, is accused of inciting protests and 'insulting state institutions'

Ahram Online , Monday 9 May 2016
Atfal Shaware
Ezz El-Din, third from left, poses in a photo with the rest of Street Children's members. (Photo: Courtesy of the band's Facebook page)

A Cairo prosecution appealed on Monday the release of a member of a satirical performance art band on bail pending investigation into charges of "insulting state institutions" and calling for protests. 

Earlier Sunday, the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) NGO announced that Ezz El-Din Khaled, the youngest member of Atfal Shawaree, or Street Children, was released on EGP 10,000 bail pending investigations.

Khaled was arrested on Saturday at his home.

The prosecution accused the 19-year-old Ain Shams University student of inciting protests and "uploading videos insulting state institutions" before ordering his detention for four days pending investigation.

The remaining six members of the band are currently on the run, said band-member Mohamed Adel on his official Facebook page.

Atfal Shawaree gained huge popularity after uploading videos online shot in the street and mocking the rhetoric of the regime and its supporters by using famous patriotic songs.

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