Anti-torture T-shirt detainee Mahmoud Mohamed released on bail  

Tuesday 22-03-2016 08:56 PM

Anti-torture detainee Mahmoud Mohamed - Photo from Tarek Tito (brother) Facebook page

CAIRO, Mar 22 (Aswat Masriya) – Twenty-year-old Mahmoud Mohamed, who was detained whilst wearing an "anti-torture" t-shirt, was released on bail on Tuesday after spending more than two years in pre-trial detention.

Mohamed was arrested with Islam Talaat in Jan. 2014, on the anniversary of the 2011 Uprising, for wearing shirts emblazoned with the words "nation without torture".

Both were released on a bail of EGP 1,000 (around $112), according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression's (AFTE).

Prosecutors had accused them of belonging to a terrorist organisation, possessing explosives and inciting violence. 

In January, Mohamed had completed two years in preventive detention, after which he remained in custody in contravention to the law, his lawyers previously stated.

According to article 143 of Egypt's Code of Criminal Procedure, no person may be held in custody pending investigation or trial for more than two years.

In February, Mohamed's case was referred to State Security prosecution, which meant that he faced the risk of standing trial before the criminal court's terrorism division.

Amnesty International had launched a campaign calling for Hussein's immediate release, and described him as a "prisoner of conscience detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression and assembly."

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