Egypt releases prominent blogger Wael Abbas

Ahram Online , Wednesday 12 Dec 2018

File Photo: blogger Wael Abbas (Photo: Abbas's official Facebook Page)

Egyptian authorities have released prominent blogger and journalist Wael Abbas after more than seven months of detention, his lawyer said.

Abbas, an award-winning journalist and human rights activist, was arrested in May on charges including cooperating with an illegal organisation and publishing false news.

Earlier this month, a criminal court ordered his conditional release, but he had continued to be detained.

"Finally, Wael Abbas was released after seven months of unfair detention plus 10 days of illegal detention," his lawyer Gamal Eid said on Facebook on Wednesday.

Abbas, 44, was a fierce critic of the Muslim Brotherhood group during the rule of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. He has also been strongly critical of the government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

He became a well-known blogger years before the 2011 popular revolution, strongly criticising government policies and campaigning against police brutality under ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

Abbas was awarded the International Centre for Journalists’ Knight International Journalism Award in 2007.

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