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Egyptian activists released from prison

State media, Al-Ahram has reported that human rights lawyer and activist Mahienour El Massry and journalists Mostafa Al Asar, Moataz Wadnan, and Esraa Abdelfattah were released from prison on Sunday 18 July.

Esraa Abdelfattah, IMAGE: dw.com

The day before, Abdel Nasser Ismail, leader of the leftist Popular Alliance Party, arrested in September 2019 and journalist Gamal el-Gammal were also released.

Mahienour El Massry, detained since 22 September 2019 and Esraa Abdelfattah, since 12 October 2019 have both been in pre-trial detention at Al Qanater women’s prison.

Mostafa Al Asar and Moataz Wadnan have been in pre-trial detention since February 2018.

Esraa Abdelfattah’s arrest sparked international condemnation, with America calling it “scandalous”.

According to Amnesty International, the four: Mahienour El Massry, Esraa Abdelfattah, Mostafa Al Asar, and Moataz Wadnan were charged with terrorism, releasing and spreading false rumors, and misuse of social media.

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