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Aug 27, 9:47 AM EDT

Egypt court orders release of lawyer who defied president

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CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court has ordered the release of a rights lawyer who had been held without charge in solitary confinement for over 100 days after defying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

The Saturday ruling in favor of Malek Adly, who was incarcerated on a rolling series of administrative detention orders, rejected an appeal by prosecutors after a court ordered Adly's release on Thursday.

Adly's supporters say he has been targeted by authorities over a televised interview in which he objected to el-Sissi's decision in April to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. He was not formally charged with a crime.

Adly's lawyer, Mahmoud Belal, says he should be released soon.

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