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Egypt releases prominent activist blogger

3 years 1 month 1 week ago Wednesday, December 12 2018 Dec 12, 2018 December 12, 2018 2:21 AM December 12, 2018 in News

CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian authorities have released a prominent activist and blogger who had criticized the government after more than seven months of detention.

Lawyer Gamal Eid says his client, Wael Abbas, was freed late Tuesday, more than a week after a court ordered his conditional release. Eid says Abbas must report to a nearby police station every two days.

Abbas, 44, faces charges of disseminating false news and joining an outlawed group. Police arrested him in May after raiding his house in a Cairo suburb.

Abbas has campaigned against torture in Egypt for well over a decade, before and after the 2011 uprising.

Egypt has arrested a number of activists since President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won re-election in March, part of a wider crackdown on dissent.

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