Egyptian Activist Patrick Zaki Released from Prison After Nearly Two Years

Egyptian authorities released Patrick George Zaki, a rights activist, after spending nearly two years in jail. He was arrested in 2020 over allegations of spreading false news about Egypt and his arrest drew significant international attention.

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights said Zaki was freed from a police station in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura on Wednesday. Zaki had worked with the group as a gender rights researcher, it added.

The 29-year-old rights advocate who is also a student at the University of Bologna in Italy was charged with spreading false news about Egypt. He was arrested in February 2020 as he visited Cairo for a short visit from Italy.

His arrest became hot news in Italy as even the country’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi said to continue following Zaki’s case.

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