CAIRO: A detained Egyptian blogger has been released without charge 49 days after he was seized by state security investigations forces outside his home.
Diaa Eddin Gad, a 23-year-old student who runs the “Angry Voice blog on which he posted criticism of the Egyptian government’s policy on the Israeli invasion of Gaza, disappeared on the afternoon of Feb 6.
According to his mother, Amal Abdel Fattah Ahmed, Gad was attacked by four men wearing civilian clothing outside his home in Qotour, near Tanta in El-Gharbeyya governorate before being bundled into a central security forces truck.
His whereabouts remained unknown for almost three weeks before it was revealed that he was being held in El-Qata prison, Giza.
“Diaa was released at dawn yesterday [Friday] and is back at home. He’s doing OK, Gamal Eid, director of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) told Daily News Egypt.
Eid added that ANHRI will hold a press conference on Sunday, during which Gad and other individuals “kidnapped and detained because of their Gaza activism will describe their experiences.