Cairo court lifts travel ban imposed on political activist Esraa Abdel-Fattah in foreign funding case – Courts & Law – Egypt


Political activist Esraa Abdel-Fattah. Facebook / Solafa Magdy

The court accepted Abdel-Fattah’s appeal against the travel ban imposed on her since December 2014 in the 173/2011 case.

Sunday’s decision is final.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and those linked to the case, which dates back to the January 2011 revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak, have been accused of receiving foreign funds.

In the past two years, investigating judges have issued rulings as recently as October dropping charges against 75 NGOs and more than 220 people in the case.

The investigating judge appointed by the Cairo Court of Appeal to investigate the charges in the case also lifted the asset freeze and the travel ban on the founders of these NGOs.

Abdel-Fattah, a prominent figure in the 2011 Revolution, was arrested in October 2019 and had been held in pre-trial detention until July last year in case 488/2019.

This case – known as the “whistle affair” – included other prominent figures, such as political activist Mahinour El-Massry, who was released last July and YouTuber Shadi Srour, who was released a month later. late.

Veteran journalist Khaled Dawoud, former chairman of the center-left Dostour (Constitution) party, was also released pending an investigation in April last year.

The current defendants in this case are charged with “joining a terrorist group”, “spreading false news” and “abuse of social media”.

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