Egypt orders freed news site editor back into custody
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Egypt orders freed news site editor back into custody

Adel Sabri, set to be released after spending months in jail for different case, held again on charges of spreading false news and joining an outlawed group

Illustrative: Egyptian security officers guard a courthouse  in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 8, 2017. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Illustrative: Egyptian security officers guard a courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 8, 2017. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

CAIRO — A lawyer says Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the 15-day detention of the chief editor of an independent news website shortly after he was ordered released from prison in a different case.

Defense lawyer Fatma Serag said Thursday that Masr al-Arabia chief editor Adel Sabri was ordered to be detained Tuesday on charges of spreading false news and joining an outlawed group.

Serag says Sabri, who was arrested in April on similar charges including operating an unlicensed website, was set to be released Monday on bail of 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($558) before he was summoned for interrogation over his involvement in the other case.

Egypt has regularly arrested journalists since the 2013 military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president, as part of a wider crackdown on dissent.

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