Egypt releases German pro-Palestinian blogger

11th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Blogger was detained on Friday in Qalubia, north of Cairo, where he and other activists had organized a protest in solidarity with the Gaza Strip.

Cairo -- Egyptian police have released an Egyptian-German student and pro-Palestinian blogger who was detained last week after organizing a demonstration in support of the Gaza Strip, his family said on Wednesday.

"He has been released," said Jeannette, the sister of 26-year-old post-graduate student Philip Rizk. She declined to elaborate on his condition or whether charges would be pressed against him.

A security official confirmed the release and said an enquiry was ongoing into Rizk's activities.

Rizk was detained on Friday in Qalubia, north of Cairo, where he and other activists had organized a protest in solidarity with the Gaza Strip in the wake of Israel's war on the Palestinian territory and its Hamas rulers.

Egyptian rights group Nadim said on Sunday that Rizk had been taken away in a car with concealed license plates to an unknown destination. The group also said it "condemns this barbaric, Mafia-style treatment of citizens."

A second Egyptian blogger, Diaeddin Gad, 22, who was also detained on Friday after criticizing Egyptian government policies, remains in detention, the security official said. Glad was especially critical of the government during Israel's war against Hamas.

Many Arabs criticized Egypt, which has the only border crossing with the Gaza Strip to bypass Israel, for not fully opening the frontier to aid and the wounded during the Gaza war, in which about 1,300 Palestinians died.

AFP/Expatica

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