Egypt Releases Activist on Bail

By Julie Inglese

On Sunday, an Egyptian court finally “ordered the release on bail pending trial of a prominent activist charged with breaking a new law that heavily restricts protests.” The judge presiding over the case agreed with the defense attorney that the defendant was only being held without bail as punishment; therefore, the judge allowed for his release. 

The defendants and lawyers broke out in chants: “Revolutionaries and free, we will continue our journey!” Rights groups criticize the case against the defendants because it is seen as suppression by authorities of dissidents, broadening the “crackdown on Islamist supporters of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi to include the secular opposition.” 

ABC News reports that many see the release of the defendant as a step toward justice.