Egypt frees fourth band member held over mocking video

The group known as Awlad el-Shawarea - Arabic for ‘street kids’ - were arrested earlier this week after they posted a video clip online that mocked President Abdelfattah al-Sisi. (Video grab)

Egypt has released the fourth and final member of a band arrested in May after they made an online video mocking the government, their lawyer said Monday.

The four young men from the group known as Street Children posted a video on the internet poking fun at the devaluation of the Egyptian pound and the cession of two islands to Saudi Arabia.

Three arrested members were released on Sunday. Mohammed Adel, the fourth member, was still in detention waiting for his release procedure to be completed.

"He came out overnight at around 1am," defence lawyer Hazem Salah told AFP on Monday.

The group members were freed on condition that they clock in twice a week at their local police station until their next court session, said Salah. Their case was not referred to trial.

Rights groups accuse Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of running an ultra-authoritarian and repressive regime since he deposed his democratically elected Islamist predecessor Mohamed Mursi in 2013.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48
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