Alexandria's District Attorney El-Sawy El-Barbary has ordered the release of Hassan Mostafa after Ahmed Darwish – a justice ministry official who accused Mostafa of attacking him – decided to withdraw his complaint against the Alexandria-based activist.
According to news reports, Darwish decided to withdraw his complaint because prominent activists and revolutionary groups, including the Rebel campaign, have demanded that the activist be released.
Mostafa was arrested 21 January after attempting to file a complaint with Alexandria's prosecutor general on the absence of lawyers for dozens of detainees arrested in 20 January protests.
He was sentenced to one year in prison for physically attacking and verbally abusing prosecutor Ahmed Darwish while attempting to file his complaint.
Supporting activists claim the charges were fabricated, and several demonstrations have been held in the coastal city campaigning for Mostafa's release.