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Egyptian Photojournalist Released After More Than 5 Years in Prison

An award-winning Egyptian photojournalist was freed on Monday after serving more than five years in prison on charges of attending an Islamist protest in 2013.

Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as Shawkan, had been in custody since August 14, 2013, when he was arrested while covering the Muslim Brotherhood sit-in at Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, reports Efe bews.

“Shawkan is free,” according to a post on the Freedom for Shawkan Facebook page.

Mr Shawkan also posted an image celebrating his release on his Twitter account.

The photojournalist’s lawyer Taher Abu al-Nasr told Efe that Shawkan was released at around 6 a.m. from a police station in the district of al-Haram, Giza.

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