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Youth movement founder released in Egypt

18 maggio 2016 | 19.36
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Egyptian authorities released one of the founders of 6 April Youth Movement, Sherif Al- Rouby, who is accused of inciting protests, local media reports cited Rouby's lawyer as saying.

"Rouby was released from a Giza police station after having paid 112 dollars bail,” lawyer Sameh Samir was quoted as telling the Aswat Masriya news website.

He was reportedly released pending further investigations.

Rouby was arrested last month with dozens of other protesters during demonstrations against the government’s controversial decision to transfer the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

A Cairo criminal court ordered his release last week on bail set at 113 dollars pending a probe into charges including “inciting protests” and belonging to a terrorist group [the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood].

Two of the 6 April movement's other founders, Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, and its coordinator Amr Ali, are currently serving three-year jail terms for breaking the country’s controversial protest law, which bans all unauthorised protests.

The April 6 Youth movement helped ignite the 2011 popular uprising that ousted Egypt's long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak.

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