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Egypt releases journalist, opposition figure Khaled Dawoud

Egyptian journalist and opposition figure Khaled Dawoud has been freed after over 20 months in jail

Egyptian authorities yesterday released journalist and opposition figure Khaled Dawoud after detaining him for more than 20 months over his criticism of the government, local media reported.

Member of the Syndicate of Egyptian Journalists, Hisham Younis, said that the authorities told the Syndicate that Dawoud had been released following a ruling by the Public Prosecutor.

Gamal Eid, Dawoud's lawyer, said an investigation into whether he disseminated false news and joined an outlawed group was still ongoing.

Dawoud headed the Constitution Party. He was arrested along with several other opposition figures over claims he was spreading false news or cooperating with a terrorist group.

Prominent lawyer Khaled Ali wrote on Facebook: "Thanks to Allah… The Public Prosecution ordered the release of Khaled Dawoud. I am pleased to hear his voice speaking with me while at home."

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