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Egypt court releases researcher Patrick Zaki pending trial

Patrick Zaki arrested on charges of spreading false news

Ibrahim al-Khazen   | 07.12.2021
Egypt court releases researcher Patrick Zaki pending trial

CAIRO, Egypt 

An Egyptian court on Tuesday ordered the release of researcher Patrick George Zaki pending trial, according to a local human rights group.

The Mansoura State Security Court decided to release Zaki and postponed his trial to Feb. 1 to give a chance for the prosecution and the defense to present their arguments, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said.

Zaki, a postgraduate student at Bologna University in Italy and a researcher at EIPR, was arrested in February 2020 on charges of spreading false news.

No official statement was released by Egyptian authorities on the researcher’s release.

*Writing by Bassel Barakat in Ankara

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