Egypt Releases Satirist After Two Years In Jail: Family
Faizan Hashmi 4 days ago Sun 18th October 2020 | 02:50 PM
Cairo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Oct, 2020 ) :An Egyptian activist and satirist detained for more than two years has been released, his family has announced.
"Shady was released under judicial supervision, and is now at home with us," his sister Rola Abu Zeid wrote on Facebook on Saturday.
Pre-trial detention can last up to two years under Egyptian law, but the period is often extended.
Rights groups say the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been curtailing freedoms since he took office in 2014, after the army's ouster of late Islamist president Mohamed Morsi the year before.
Comedians, academics, bloggers, journalists, political dissidents, lawyers and activists are among those who have been jailed.
According to several rights groups, an estimated 60,000 detainees in Egypt are political prisoners.