Detained Egypt student ordered freed for 2nd time

Egyptian prosecutors on Monday ordered the release of a detained high school student – charged with involvement in the torching of a police vehicle – for the second time, a judicial source has said

Egyptian prosecutors on Monday ordered the release of a detained high school student – charged with involvement in the torching of a police vehicle – for the second time, a judicial source has said

CAIRO – Egyptian prosecutors on Monday ordered the release of a detained high school student – charged with involvement in the torching of a police vehicle – for the second time, a judicial source has said.

Abdullah Assem, 17, was arrested in late April for allegedly protesting without permission and flashing the four-fingered "Rabaa salute" commemorating hundreds of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi killed last summer.

On Saturday, Assem successfully appealed his 15-day temporary detention, leading to an order for his release on bail set at $715.

On Monday, however, the boy's father accused security agencies of refusing to free his son, who, he said, had further been accused of involvement in the torching of a police vehicle.

Assem is scheduled to travel to California to represent Egypt in a May 11 international technology contest. He was chosen for the competition after inventing a computer program that helps disabled persons use computers without using their hands.

Assem's case has attracted the attention of the local media.

Egyptian authorities have launched a wide-ranging crackdown on supporters of ousted president Morsi since his forcible removal from office by the military last summer.

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