Egypt: UPDATED: Egyptian rights activist Azza Soliman released on bail in NGO case

December 7, 2016

Azza Soliman

A Cairo court ordered on Wednesday evening the release of Egyptian human rights activist Azza Soliman on EGP 20,000 bail pending investigations into her alleged involvement in the illegal foreign funding of NGOs.

Soliman was arrested earlier in the day at her home in Cairo.

In mid-November, the renowned rights advocate and lawyer, who is co-founder and head of Centre for Egyptian Women Legal Assistance (CEWLA), was barred from travelling as she was leaving Egypt for a human rights event in Morocco.

Soliman was told by authorities that the travel ban was the result of a judicial order related to investigations into a number of NGOs for allegedly receiving illegal foreign funding.

Soliman is accused of receiving funding with the aim of harming national security, founding an illegal entity engaging in NGO activities, and tax evasion.

“Police came to our house with an arrest warrant for my mother,” said Soliman’s son Nadeem Abdel-Gawad, adding that his mother was taken to New Cairo court for investigations. (ARABIC)

(N.B. It has been confirmed that lawyer Mohamed Ramadan — who was arrested along with Azza Soliman — has also been released)



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