Egyptian Human Rights Activist Azza Soliman Released on Bail in NGO Case
Egyptian human rights activist, Azza Soliman, was arrested from her home due to allegations of illegal foreign funding. For the past two years or so, many non-governmental organisations and activists faced similar accusations.
A Cairo court ordered on Wednesday evening the release of Soliman on EGP 20,000 bail. Soliman is a human rights advocate and lawyer, who is also the co-founder of Center for Egyptian Women Legal Assistance (CEWLA).
Before her arrest, Soliman was barred from travelling as she was leaving Egypt for a human rights event in Morocco. The accusations varied from receiving funding with the aim of harming national security, to founding an illegal institute engaging in NGO activities, and tax evasion.
WE SAID THIS: Other activists who have also investigated in the case have been banned from travel, including Hossam Bahgat, a journalist and founder of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), and Mozn Hassan, director and founder of Nazra for Feminist Studies.