Egyptian YouTuber Shady Srour, 2 others released from detention pending investigations

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 30 Aug 2021

Srour, who was arrested in December 2019, faces charges including spreading false news and joining a terrorist organisation

Shady Srour
A file photo of Shady Srour after receiving YouTube Golden Button for having one million subscribers on his channel in 2016 (Photo: Official Shady Srour Facebook)

Egyptian prosecutors ordered on Sunday evening the release of famous Egyptian YouTuber Shady Srour pending investigation into charges of spreading false news and misusing social media.

Srour, who was arrested in December 2019, also faces charges including joining a terrorist organisation.

Srour, who started his career in 2012 with short comedic videos, is one of Egypt’s most famous and searched for YouTubers.

The prosecutors also ordered the release of Zyad Abou-Alfadl, a member of the Bread and Freedom Party, and researcher Shimaa Samy pending investigations into charges of disseminating fake news, misusing social media and knowingly aiding a terrorist group in achieving its goals.

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