Egypt releases activist Ramy Shaath after he renounces his nationality, family awaits arrival in Paris today

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Egyptian authorities have released Egyptian-Palestinian rights activist Ramy Shaath from more than 900 days of detention after forcing him to renounce his Egyptian nationality, his family said in a statement on Saturday.

The statement said Shaath, who was a member of several secular political groups in Egypt and co-founder of the Egyptian pro-Palestinian BDS movement, was released on the evening of January 6 and handed over to a Palestinian Authority representative in Cairo. before flying to Jordan.

He was now on his way to France, with his French wife, he added.

There was no immediate comment from Egyptian authorities on his release.

“While we are happy that the Egyptian authorities have heard our call for freedom, we regret that they forced Ramy to renounce his Egyptian citizenship as a condition precedent to his release which should have been unconditional,” the family statement said. .

“No one should have to choose between their freedom and their citizenship.”

Shaath was arrested in Egypt in June 2019 and remanded in custody alongside other activists accused of aiding a terrorist group.

(REUTERS)

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