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Egypt: Brother of Well-known Activist Got 15 Days in Jail

Egypt: Brother of Well-known Activist Got 15 Days in Jail

Sunday, 22 September 2019 07:38 AM

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian rights lawyer says prosecutors have ordered the brother of a U.S.-based well-known Egyptian activist to remain in custody pending an investigation into taking part in activities of an outlawed group and disseminating fake news.

Wael Ghonim, who led a Facebook page that helped ignite the 2011 pro-democracy uprising, has said security forces arrested his brother Hazem Thursday.

Lawyer Mohammed el-Baker tells The Associated Press Sunday that prosecutors ordered Hazim Ghonim to remain in custody for 15 days.

Wael Ghonim claimed that his recent criticism of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi prompted authorities to retaliate by detaining his brother.

The arrest came as Egyptian social media was awash with calls for anti-government protests last week. On Friday, hundreds joined in scattered, small protests in Cairo and other cities.

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