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Egypt activist held over 'fake news'

AFP  |  Cairo 

Egypt's has ordered a prominent activist under investigation for alleged "fake news" be detained for 15 days, his said.

Shadi Ghazali Harb, one of the youth leaders of the 2011 revolution, faces charges of "spreading and joining a terrorist entity because of his posts on and Twitter", Abdul Rahman Haridi, who attended the interrogation, told AFP yesterday.

Harb, a surgeon, was one of the leaders of the Youth of the January 25 movement that emerged from the 2011 revolt that toppled longtime

He was also a of the Al-Dustur party, from which he resigned in 2013.

"The prosecution did not specify what terrorist entity it is referring to, but it mentioned a number of other activists... including Amal Fathi," who was arrested Friday after publishing a video on criticising Egyptian institutions and sexual harassment.

Harb's interrogation was set to continue on Wednesday (today), his said.

Human rights organisations have accused Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, re-elected in March with over 97 per cent of the vote, of seeking to silence opponents.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 02:00 IST