Egyptian citizen arrested for complaining about poverty

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The Egyptian Public Prosecution issued a decision to release a political prisoner on a bail of EGP 50,000 after he wrote a post on Facebook complaining about his inability to provide food for his children.

Egyptian human rights lawyer Khaled Ali said on Facebook: “Today, lawyer Sarah Rabie and I, attended the investigation with the man who was arrested because of a post in which he said that he was no longer able to feed his children, and we were able to obtain a decision to release him on a large bail.”

Ali published part of the prosecution’s investigation with the citizen, in which he was asked about the reason for publishing that post. Ali added that the citizen said that he did not intend anything from the post other than to express his opinion, saying: “I am tired and do not know how to live, and what I wrote was an objection to my situation.”