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Patrick Zaki's release an effort to whitewash Egypt's regime, says rights advocate

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Egyptian activist and former EIPR researcher Patrick George Zaki has been released from detention after 22 months.

According to Mada Masr, his mother Hala Sobhy fainted upon hearing the news that the court had ordered his release. "I'm jumping for joy!" she told AFP. "We're now on our way to the police station in Mansoura."

La gioia di vedere #PatrickZaki fuori dal carcere non si può descrivere

Né deve ingannare: le accuse – assurde – restano in piedi, per zittirlo, per ricordargli che rischia di tornare lì dove non avrebbe mai dovuto mettere piede, lui come migliaia di altri

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— Claudio Francavilla (@ClaFrancavilla) December 8, 2021

Patrick was arrested in 2020 whilst on a trip home from Italy, held incommunicado, beaten, and tortured by electric shock.

At the end of September, he stood trial on charges of spreading false news in relation to an article he wrote for Daraj about his life as a Coptic Christian in Egypt which detailed discrimination against the minority.

His case has attracted significant attention and international condemnation, particularly in Italy where he was studying for his master's degree in gender and women's studies at the University of Bologna.

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In April the Italian Senate voted to grant Patrick honorary Italian citizenship to help expedite his........

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