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Egypt Court Orders Release of Rights Lawyer Malek Adly, Prosecution Appeals

Egypt Court Orders Release of Rights Lawyer Malek Adly, Prosecution Appeals

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South Benha Criminal Court ordered the release of rights lawyer Malek Adly after he spent 130 days behind bars.

The prosecution responded by appealing the court’s decision to release the prominent lawyer.

Adly had filed a complaint against the handover of the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia after gathering thousands of petitions.

He was later arrested over charges of “spreading rumors that would disrupt public security” and “harming national unity,” among other charges, and was not released.

Adly’s lawyer, Mokhtar Mounir, told Egyptian Streets that he expects authorities will hinder the process of his release.

Adly had spent the entirety of his detainment period in solitary confinement.

This story is developing.

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