Egyptian Social Democrats released: Party official

Ahram Online, Monday 16 Jul 2012

ESDP announces release of three party members arrested last week and charged with attacking SCAF member's residence; Party officials say charges are 'fabricated'

Three members of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) arrested by military police last week have been released by authorities, Bassem Kamel, leading ESDP member (and member of parliament’s dissolved lower house), stated on his Facebook page on Monday.

Last Friday, the party confirmed that three of its members – Islam Amin, Karim El-Kanani and Mohamed Massoud – had all been arrested the previous evening. The three men had been participating in a demonstration aimed at raising awareness about constitutional rights in Cairo’s Madinet Nasr district when they were detained.

After being interrogated by the military prosecutor's office, the men were formally charged with attacking the private residence of General Hamdy Badeen, a member of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and head of military police, during the demonstration.

The party, for its part, has condemned the charges as "fabricated."

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi  formed a committee last week tasked with reviewing the status of all protesters arrested since last year’s Tahrir Square uprising, whose numbers are estimated at some 12,000. According to the committee head, roughly one third of those arrested remain in prison pending investigation.

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