Cairo criminal court releases 416 detainees on precautionary measures

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 3 Nov 2020

The detainees were accused of spreading fake news and joining terrorist organizations

A view of the High Court of Justice in Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)

A Cairo criminal court decided to release 416 people on Tuesday who were detained on charges related to terrorism and the spreading of false news therefore affecting national security.

The court released the detainees on precautionary measures.

The list of detainees consists of political activists those including blogger Mohamed Oxygen as well as activists Ziad Abu Fadel, Abdel-Rahman Essam, Ibrahim Medhat and Sherif Sabra.

The detainees were arrested in 2019 for two cases where the High State Security Prosecution accused them of a number charges including joining a terrorist group and spreading false news about the political and economic situation of the country.

Meanwhile, a Cairo criminal court decided to renew the detention of former MP Ziad Al-Eleimy and 13 others in the case known in the media as "The hope cell" for another 45 years.

Eleimy and 13 others including journalist Hossam Moenes and political activist Ramy Shaath, who were also arrested in 2019, are facing charges of cooperating with a terrorist organization and spreading false news.

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