Cairo, 16 December, 2021 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization, has lauded the release of Patrick George Zaki who had been detained by Egyptian authorities since February 2020.
Mr. Zaki was released from prison on December 8 after spending 22 months in detention. The Human Right activist and student at an Italian University was arrested in Egypt's capital, Cairo, for allegedly “spreading fake news inside and outside Egypt”.
This was after he published the article, “Displacement, killing and oppression: The outcomes of a week of the daily life of Egyptian Copts” in which he describes his life as a Christian in the Northeastern African country.
In a Wednesday, December 15 report, CSW’s Founder President, Mervyn Thomas, says, “CSW welcomes the news that Mr. Zaki was able to return home after spending so long in pre-trial detention.”
“However, he still faces unfounded charges in State Security Court, where verdicts cannot be appealed,” Mr. Mervyn says