August 25, 2016
Detained prominent rights lawyer Malek Adly was granted a release on Thursday, the Freedom to the Brave group reported.
Adly was arrested in May against the backdrop of the Red Sea islands protests which errupted accross the nation in April. He faced accusations for inciting to protest. As the prosecution interrogated Adly, it accused him of attempting to topple the regime, amend the constitution of the state, joining an entity that works against the government, and spreading false news.
The prosecution will not appeal the release decision, according to Adly’s colleague at the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) Mohamed Eissa.
Several activists gathered in front of the Shubra El-Kheima court looking into Adly’s case, including recently released lawyer Mahienour El- Massry. There were expectations of his detention to be renewed. Before the decision, his wife Asmaa Aaly posted to her Facebook: “Awaiting the usual prosecution decision.”
The detention of the prominent lawyer stirred controversy among the Lawyers Syndicate, some political parties and rights groups. The Doctors’ Syndicate had also addressed authorities regarding the conditions of detention of Adly who remained against all odds in solitary confinement throughout his detention, resulting in a deterioration of his health.
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