Egypt prosecution releases transgender woman detained on terrorism related charges

El Sayed Gamal El Din , Tuesday 16 Jul 2019

Egypt’s High State Security Prosecution released on Tuesday Malak El-Kashef, a transgender woman and activist, pending investigation into charges of aiding an illegal group and publishing news on Facebook that is punishable by the law.

El-Kashef was arrested last March and accused by the prosecution of aiding a terrorist group, receiving finances for committing a terrorist act, conspiracy to commit a terrorist crime, illegal assembly and using special accounts on the internet with the aim of disrupting the public structure.

The defendant’s lawyer requested from the prosecution on Tuesday the release of his defendant and to have her examined by the forensic science department to certify that she had undergone a sex change operation, so she can therefore be transferred out of the men's prison.

El-Kashef, 19, underwent a sex change operation from a man to a woman two years ago. She changed her name from Malek to Malak.

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