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Political activist Ramy Shaath to be freed from detention in Egypt, say sources

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Procedures to release political activist Ramy Shaath from detention in Egypt are under way, four judicial and security sources said late on Monday.

Two of the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Shaath would be deported to France upon his release.

Egyptian former member of parliament Anwar El Sadat, who has mediated a number of recent prisoner releases, said in a statement that Shaath would be freed and deported.

Shaath, a member of several secular political groups in Egypt and a co-founder of Egypt's pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, was arrested in June 2019 and held in pre-trial detention on accusations of aiding a terrorist group.

In April 2020 he was placed on a terrorism list along with 12 others, a decision that was upheld by Egypt's highest civilian court in July 2021.

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Shaath's French wife Celine Lebrun Shaath, who was deported from Egypt following his arrest, has lobbied the French government to pressure Egypt to release him.

(REUTERS)

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