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Egypt frees renowned rights lawyer

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 22, 2016 file photo, Egyptian lawyer and former presidential candidate Khaled Ali points to photos of jailed activists, who were arrested during protests over two disputed Red Sea islands, including Egyptian rights lawyer Malek Adly, top row third right, during a press conference, in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian court has ordered on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 the release of the prominent rights lawyer held in solitary confinement for the past three months after he challenged in court a decision by the country's president to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Cairo – Egyptian authorities on Sunday released a renowned human rights lawyer arrested after protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s decision to hand over two islands to Saudi Arabia.

Malek Adly had been held in pre-trial detention since being arrested by plainclothes police on May 5.

His defence team confirmed his release.

“The case has not been referred to trial yet,” Tarek Khater, one of Adly’s lawyers said.

Adly had supported protests in April against the decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, which provoked outrage in Egypt and accusations that Sisi “sold” them in return for Saudi investments.

Police arrested dozens of activists ahead of an April 25 protest, after more than 1 000 people had chanted for “the fall of the regime” in an earlier demonstration in Cairo.

The police dispersed the April 25 protest before raiding the Journalists’ Syndicate to arrest two reporters who are part of the same case as Adly.

The three were accused of “attempting to topple the ruling system” and “spreading false news,” a prosecution official had said.

An Egyptian administrative court ruled in June that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, strategically situated at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba, must remain under Egyptian sovereignty.

But the government has appealed the decision.

Sisi has defended the move, saying the islands were Saudi to begin with and were leased to Egypt in the 1950s.

The former army chief came to power after toppling his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013, unleashing a crackdown on his supporters that killed hundreds of protesters and imprisoned thousands.

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