Amnesty says staff released in Cairo

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Rights group Amnesty International said Saturday that two of its staff detained in Egypt had been released, but appealed for other people detained during anti-regime protests to be freed.

The Amnesty pair were among five human rights workers and journalists freed late Friday, the London-based organisation said in a statement.

Military police arrested them on Thursday along with about 30 Egyptian and international rights activists, lawyers and journalists during a raid on the offices of the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre in Cairo, it said.

"We are greatly relieved by the release of our staff members and those freed with them," said Amnesty International general secretary Salil Shetty.

"But it is simply outrageous that the Egyptian activists arrested with them have not also been freed.

"There can be no justification for continuing to detain them. They must be released immediately, unconditionally, and returned in safety to their families."

© 2011 AFP

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