Tuesday, January 25

Egypt activist Ramy Shaath released after more than two years in detention

(Belga) Egyptian-Palestinian political activist Ramy Shaath, detained in Egypt for more than two years has been released, a judicial source told AFP on Monday.

The 48-year-old man, a figure of the Egyptian revolution of 2011 and the coordinator in Egypt of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS, advocating the boycott of Israel in the fight against the occupation of the Palestinian Territories) was detained since July 2019 for wanting to foment “unrest against the state”. His French wife, Céline Lebrun, had been deported to Paris at the time of her arrest. “Rami Shaath was released by the general prosecutor’s office on Monday evening,” the judicial source told AFP, without giving further details. “I heard about the decision but from what I know he is not out yet. We will issue a statement when he is outside and on the plane,” his wife told AFP. In December, five human rights organizations questioned French President Emmanuel Macron on the fate of this activist, son of Palestinian political leader Nabil Shaath. A year earlier, during a visit to Paris by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on December 7, 2020, Mr. Macron said he had spoken to him about “individual cases”, including that of Ramy Shaath. Another Egyptian human rights activist, researcher Patrick Zaki, was due to be released in mid-December after 22 months in detention but still faces up to five years in prison for “false information” because of an article denouncing discrimination against him. the Christians. Egypt has more than 60,000 prisoners of conscience, according to NGOs. The United States believes that the country violates human rights in all areas and has consequently frozen 10% of its aid. (Belga)


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