Egypt again postpones trial of prominent rights activist

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Egypt on Tuesday postponed the trial of rights activist Patrick Zaki, his support committee said, accusing authorities of seeking to keep him “imprisoned as long as possible without any legal basis”. Zaki, a researcher at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), had been studying at Italy’s Bologna University when he was taken into custody upon his return to Cairo in February last year. The trial of the Coptic Christian on charges of “spreading false news” had been due to start before the State Security court in the city of Mansoura, north of Cairo, on September 14. But it was postp…

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