Lawyer detained pending investigation over ‘toppling regime’
Still image from Youtube video of human rights lawyer Malek Adly on Egyptian Ten channel

CAIRO: Human rights lawyer Malek Adly was ordered detained for 15 days pending investigations Friday after the prosecution interrogated him, Youm7 reported.

Adly was arrested late Thursday in Cairo’s district of Maadi; an arrest warrant had been issued April 25 for “inciting protests.” Demonstrations against Egypt’s transfer of sovereignty over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia erupted April 15 and 25.

The prosecution accuses Adly of attempting to overthrow the regime and the constitution, belonging to entities that target nullifying the constitution, preventing state authorities from doing their jobs, harming national unity and social peace, promoting the said ideas verbally and in writing, and spreading false news likely to disturb public security.

Adly denied all the charges; meanwhile, his Facebook page and Twitter accounts have disappeared.

On Wednesday, 22 students who had been arrested April 15 during protests were released pending investigations. A total of 25 people were arrested April 15, whereas 73 people were arrested April 25.

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