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Cablegate: Egypt Releases Facebook Activists

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SUBJECT: EGYPT RELEASES FACEBOOK ACTIVISTS

REF: CAIRO 1581

1.(SBU) The fourteen members of the Facebook social
networking group "6th of April Youth", arrested on July 23
(reftel), have all been released. On July 30, the GoE
released eleven of the fourteen detained activists. The GoE
released the remaining three over the next several days, with
the final detainee released on August 2. While the
Alexandria Court of Appeals ordered the release of the
activists on July 27, the release was delayed for several
days while the Public Prosecutor appealed the order, an
appeal that was rejected.

2.(SBU) The activists were apparently released without
charges, but the possibility remains that they could be
charged in the future. We will continue to follow this case
closely.
SCOBEY

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