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Egypt: Amid crackdown, leading Egyptian rights activist is arrested

September 30, 2019

A leading Egyptian pro-democracy activist was re-arrested Sunday while on probation, his family and a security official said, amid a sweeping security clampdown following small but rare anti-government protests earlier this month.

Alaa Abdel-Fattah rose to prominence with the 2011 pro-democracy uprisings that swept the Middle East and in Egypt toppled long-time President Hosni Mubarak. To many, his imprisonment three years later — at a time when authorities imposed draconian laws banning public gatherings and unauthorized demonstrations — was another sign of Egypt’s return to autocratic rule.

His release in March came after five years in prison for taking part in a peaceful protest against military trials for civilians.

Abdel-Fattah’s mother, Laila Soueif, told The Associated Press that her son was arrested Sunday from the police station in the Dokki area of Cairo.

Mohammed el-Baker, a rights lawyer who was attending the questioning of Abdel-Fattah by prosecutors, was also arrested, the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, a local non-governmental group, said late Sunday. El-Baker had attended the interrogation of many people who were rounded up in the recent wave of arrests since last weekend.

Rights lawyer Khaled el-Masry said prosecutors ordered that both Abdel-Fattah and el-Baker remain in custody for 15 days during investigations into allegations of disseminating false news and taking part in activities of an outlawed group. That latter is a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government designated a terrorist group in 2013.

https://www.newser.com/article/6fd0f21e66ed41788d97164f492db38b/amid-crackdown-leading-egyptian-rights-activist-is-arrested.html

https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/amid-crackdown-leading-egyptian-rights-activist-arrested

https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/amid-crackdown-leading-egyptian-rights-activist-is-arrested-1.4616044

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-49873463

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/egyptian-activist-alaa-abdel-fattah-arrested-crackdown-190929165204406.html

https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/29/news/politics/writer-and-activist-alaa-abd-el-fattah-arrested-from-police-probation/

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(Mada Masr English Facebook, 29/09/19)