The Egyptian authorities released the Egyptian activist, of Palestinian origins, Ramy Shaath, one of the founders of the “Israel Boycott Movement”, according to Egyptian media.
According to human rights sources, Shaath’s release came within the framework of an agreement to relinquish his Egyptian citizenship, which was the case in the last court session, where he signed the renunciation of citizenship, in order to be deported outside Egypt.
Shaath was arrested on July 5, 2019, from his home in Cairo, as part of a massive security campaign against political activists, parties, journalists, trade unionists and businessmen from various political backgrounds in the case known in the media as the “Cell of Hope”.
In April 2020, Shaath’s name was included on the Egyptian list of “terrorist entities and individuals”, in a decision highly criticised by NGOs and UN experts.
Shaath, who holds dual Egyptian and Palestinian nationalities, faced charges in case No. 930 of 2019, “restricting the security of a supreme state, with committing crimes of association with a group established outside the law.”
Shaath is a 50-year-old political activist, and one of the founders of the Constitution Party and the BDS movement in Egypt, whose demands included the withdrawal of economic investments and the imposition of sanctions on “Israel.” He is the son of the political leader and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.