April 6 activist detained since early February released

An April 6 Youth Movement activist detained since 6 February during clashes outside the Interior Ministry was released Thursday, said the head of a prominent human rights organization.

Gamal Eid, the director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, tweeted Thursday that activist George Ramzy had been released.

“A thousand congratulations and thank God he is safe,” Eid wrote.

Security forces arrested Ramzy on 6 February outside the Interior Ministry during clashes there between police and protesters angered by the violence at a Port Said football match that left 74 dead and hundreds injured.

Ramzy had reportedly been working on an initiative to calm the violent situation when he was arrested. He was accused of attempting to storm the Interior Ministry, assaulting and injuring security personnel, resisting authorities and disrupting traffic.

Ramzy’s detention was renewed more than once since his arrest.

The youth movement announced last Saturday that it would stage an open-ended sit-in outside the People’s Assembly to demand the release of its members and a reconsideration of the verdicts issued against civilians in military courts since the outbreak of the 25 January revolution.

April 6 spokesperson Engy Hamdy said Monday that Ramzy was brutally tortured in detention, and that the attorney general refused to refer him to a forensic doctor or record the incident.

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