Egypt Watch

Abla Fahita TV show presenter released after 20 months in prison

A well-known satirist for Abla Fahita TV show has been released on precautionary measures according to lawyer Khaled Ali. Shady Abu Zeid was arrested 20 months ago on charges of joining a terrorist group and publishing false news on case No. 621 of 2018. Shady appeared in a video with the cinema star Ahmed Malek presenting balloons made of condoms to policemen on the 2016 anniversary of the January Revolution, a comment on police brutality. Shady was eventually arrested by security forces on May 6, 2018 from his home and he appeared on May 8 at the Supreme State Security. In mid-January 2019, Shady’s father died and the prison administration allowed him to attend the funeral.