Egypt court orders release of rights activist Ahmed Abdallah, prosecution appeals

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Saturday 3 Sep 2016

Ahmed Abdallah
Human rights advocate Ahmed Abdallah (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

A North Cairo court ordered on Saturday the release of the director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms Ahmed Abdallah and four others pending further investigations over charges including inciting protests and attacks on security forces.

The court set a bail of EGP 10,000 for each defendant.

However, the prosecution immediately appealed the court’s decision, blocking the release of the five men.

A criminal court is set to rule on the prosecution's appeal on Monday.

The five men have been accused of inciting the forceful overthrow of the government and attacks on police stations for “terrorist motives,” as well as belonging to an outlawed group.

Abdallah, who has served as legal consultant for the family of murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni, was arrested from his home in New Cairo last April.

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