On Saturday morning, the family of the Egyptian-Palestinian activist, Ramy Shaath, announced that the Egyptian authorities had finally released her son and deported him to the French capital, Paris. The family issued the statement on Saturday morning.
Last Monday, the end of the imprisonment of political activist Ramy Shaath, his release and his imminent deportation outside Egypt was announced.
Human rights sources revealed at the time that Shaath’s release came in an agreement to relinquish his Egyptian citizenship, which he gave up during his last session before the investigating judge, where he signed a declaration to renounce his citizenship, in order to deport him outside Egypt.
The Egyptian authorities had arrested Shaath on July 5, 2019 from his home in Cairo, as part of a wide-ranging security campaign targeting political activists, partisans, journalists, trade unionists and businessmen from all political backgrounds, in the case known in the media as the “Cell of Hope” case.
In April 2020, Shaath’s name was included on the Egyptian list of “terrorist entities and individuals”, a decision that was highly criticised by NGOs and UN experts.
Shaath faced charges in Case No. 930 of 2019 including posing a threat to 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.
Shaath holds two Arab nationalities, Egyptian and Palestinian, and he is the son of the political leader Nabil Shaath, who held several positions in the Palestinian Authority, including Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister.