Egypt releases young photojournalist

In a rare bow to public pressure, Egypt has released a young journalist after photos of the student sobbing and hobbling on crutches went viral on social media.

Egypt releases young photojournalist

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian court on Saturday ordered the release from prison of young photojournalist and activist, Esraa Al Taweel,  23, whose detention and tearful court appearance had unleashed widespread calls for her freedom according to a report in Middle East Monitor.

Presiding judge of the Cairo Criminal Court, Hassan Fareed, ordered Al Taweel’s release on health grounds pending her trial on charge of being a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news - accusations that she said are false, and that are typical of the charges leveled against thousands of other political prisoners in Egypt in the past two years.

The court decision is conditional: Al Taweel, 23, cannot leave her home without prior police permission, the sources added.

Al Taweel can hardly walk without a stick due to spine injuries she suffered two years ago after she was shot in the back during a rally marking the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that forced long-president Hosni Mubarak to step down.

In early June, Al Taweel’s family said she had mysteriously disappeared while on a picnic in Cairo. Just two weeks later, she appeared inside a prison near Cairo in a pre-trial detention.

Last month, she was seen in tears in widely circulated pictures after the court, extended her jailing for 45 more days. Her images triggered a debate in the local media on circumstances of her detention and prompted an online campaign calling for her release.

 

Last Mod: 21 Aralık 2015, 09:29
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