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Group: Yemeni rights activist arrested in Cairo

February 11, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says Egyptian police have arrested a Yemeni blogger and activist at Cairo’s annual book fair on accusation of broadcasting false news.

Frontline Defenders, a Dublin-based group, said Tuesday they feared Feras Shamsan’s Feb. 1 arrest was because of his human rights activism.

They said he was interviewing people when a passer-by disagreed with the views of one of his interviewees. Shamsan was charged with ’broadcasting false news and rumors that disturb public peace and security, using a recording device,” the statement based largely on comments from Shamsan’s lawyer said.

It said a Cairo court rejected an appeal for Shamsan’s release and extended his detention.

A government crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi has widened recently to include secular activists and journalists.

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