Detained Egyptian journalist to be freed

Egyptian editor Islam Afifi, who is facing charges of spreading false news and was remanded in custody on Thursday, will be freed on orders from President Mohamed Morsi, his spokesman said.

By (AFP)

Published: Fri 24 Aug 2012, 12:07 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:00 PM

“Al-Dustour chief editor Islam Afifi will be released according to the (presidential) decree,” which scraps preventive detention in the case of publishing crimes, said Morsi’s spokesman, Yasser Ali.

This is the first time Morsi, who was inaugurated as president on June 30 and stripped the military of legislative powers in August, issues a decree with the force of law, said Ali, quoted on the official MENA news agency.

Earlier on Thursday, a judge at the Giza Criminal Court in greater Cairo ordered Afifi held until his next hearing, which was set for September 16, pending investigations over charges that he had “insulted Morsi,” MENA said.

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