Egypt releases Rabaa sign student on bail

Assem, 17, was arrested in Cairo late in April for allegedly raising the sign and protesting without getting permission from the authorities in line with Egypt's protest law

Egypt releases Rabaa sign student on bail

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egypt's prosecution on Sunday ordered the release of a student arrested for allegedly flashing the four-fingered Rabaa sign, which commemorates hundreds of backers of ousted president Mohamed Morsi killed when security forces violently cleared their protest camps in Cairo and Giza in mid-August.

An appeal by high school student Abdullah Assem against an earlier decision to put him in jail for 15 days was accepted by the prosecution in the southern province of Assiut, a judicial source said.

Assem, 17, was arrested in Cairo late in April for allegedly raising the sign and protesting without getting permission from the authorities in line with Egypt's protest law, a security source said earlier.

The prosecution released the student on bail of $715, the judicial source said.

He is due to represent Egypt later this month in an international computer contest in California for succeeding in inventing an electronic system that helps disabled persons to write on computer using their eyes, instead of their fingers.

Assem's brother, Abdel-Rahman, said the decision of the prosecution to release him indicates that the charges leveled against him were "malicious."

"He [Assem] will do his best to catch up with the contest," Abdel-Rahman told Anadolu Agency on the phone, adding that the contest is due to start on May 11.

The judicial source said Abdullah is not banned from travel.

 

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