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Rights Lawyer Khaled Ali Released on Bail Pending Trial

Rights Lawyer Khaled Ali Released on Bail Pending Trial

Egyptian lawyer and former presidential candidate Khaled Ali. AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (Photo credit: MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

The Dokki Prosecution has ordered release of rights lawyer and former presidential candidate Khaled Ali on EGP 1000 bail.

Ali has been referred to Dokki misdemeanors court for trial on 29 May.

Ali was questioned by the prosecution and ordered detained for 24 hours pending investigations on charges of making an obscene hand gesture in public in front of the State Council.

Ali has recently announced that he is planning on running for Egypt’s presidential elections that are set to be held in 2018.

The rights lawyer had previously nominated himself in the presidential elections that were held in 2012. However, he couldn’t make it to the runoff.

Ali openly defied president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and filed a case against Al-Sisi and the government, accusing them of selling Tiran and Sanafir without a legal base, further saying that they violated the constitution.

Also, Human rights defender and Director for the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) Mohamed Zaree was released on EGP 30,000 bail, further investigations are still ongoing. Zaree has been arrested in a foreign funding case.

Last year, Zaree has been banned from travel as part of an ongoing investigation involving NGO foreign funding case.

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Engy Adham is a Cairo-based journalist. She works as the managing editor at Egyptian Streets. She reports on social issues and arts and culture. Previously published in Daily News Egypt, Ahram Online among others. She received her bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism and Political Science from The American University in Cairo. Follow her on @J_Adham_

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