Egypt orders 15-day detention of news website editor

A lawyer says Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the 15-day detention of the chief editor of an independent news website shortly after he was ordered released from prison in a different case.

Defence lawyer Fatma Serag said on Thursday that Masr al-Arabia chief editor Adel Sabri was ordered to be detained on Tuesday on charges of spreading false news and joining an outlawed group.

Serag says Sabri, who was arrested in April on similar charges including operating an unlicensed website, was set to be released on Monday on bail of 10 000 Egyptian pounds ($558) before he was summoned for interrogation over his involvement in the other case.

Egypt has regularly arrested journalists since the 2013 military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president, as part of a wider crackdown on dissent.

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