Egypt court orders release of prominent opposition figure

Abul-Ela Madi had spent two years in pre-trial detention

Egypt court orders release of prominent opposition figure

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian court ordered the release of a prominent ally of ousted President Mohamed Morsi after two years in pre-trial detention.

“The Giza Criminal Court has accepted an appeal against the detention of Abul-Ela Madi and ordered his release,” his son Ahmed Madi told Anadolu Agency on Monday.

Madi, the leader of the moderate Wasat Party, was detained in 2013 on charges of involvement in the deaths of 23 people during clashes in Giza’s Bein al-Sarayat district, along with illegal weapons possession.

Many say the charges are politically motivated and are part of the Egyptian government’s crackdown on dissent. 

“My father is expected to be released within days after finalizing legal measures,” Ahmed said.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was deposed in a 2013 military coup on the back of demonstrations against his presidency.

Since Morsi’s overthrow, Egyptian authorities have unleashed a massive crackdown on his supporters, killing hundreds and detaining thousands.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ağustos 2015, 12:26