Friday 25 May 2018

Prominent Egypt activist arrested

Alaa Abdel Fattah has reportedly been held in Egypt (AP)
Alaa Abdel Fattah has reportedly been held in Egypt (AP)

Security forces in Egypt have arrested a prominent political activist for allegedly inciting people to protest in defiance of a newly passed law requiring demonstrations to receive prior approval from authorities.

The family of Alaa Abdel-Fattah said he was arrested at his home in the capital, Cairo.

His father, Ahmed Seif al-Islam, a prominent lawyer, said police beat up his son's wife and confiscated laptops during the raid.

Mr Abdel-Fattah's wife, Manal Bahy Eldin, wrote on Twitter: "If police beat me up while I am in my home, what would they do with Alaa? I am very worried about him."

Mr Abdel-Fattah rose to prominence in the 2011 revolution which forced long-time president Hosni Mubarak out of power.


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