Prominent Egyptian labour activist Kamal Khalil ordered released on bail

Ahram Online , Friday 23 Jun 2017

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File Photo: Kamal Khalil, leftist activist at demonstration (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Cairo prosecution ordered on Friday the release of prominent labour activist Kamal Khalil on EGP 2,000 bail, one of his lawyers, Mokhtar Mounir, told Ahram Online.

Khalil was arrested on Thursday at his home, after he participated in a sit-in last week at the press syndicate in Cairo to protest the Egypt-Saudi Red Sea islands deal.

Khalil was questioned by Nozha prosecution on charges of inciting illegal protests, spreading false news and insulting the president, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Prosecutors interrogated the 67-year-old leftist activist over posts on his Facebook account and files on his personal laptop, according to his lawyer, Khaled Ali.

Small protests against the parliament's decision on 14 June to approve the deal were dispersed by police, with a number of people arrested. Many of those arrested were later released on bail. 

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