BDS activist imprisoned for 900 days leaves Egypt for France after being forced to relinquish Egyptian citizenship

The Egyptian “Palestinian” activist Ramy Shaath, who has been in detention for more than 900 days, is now on his way to France after being forced to relinquish his Egyptian citizenship.

The activist traveled to France on Saturday after nearly two and a half years in detention in Egypt, his family said, adding that he was forced to relinquish his Egyptian citizenship.

The 48-year-old was a prominent figure in the 2011 uprising in Egypt and the coordinator of the Egyptian branch of the Boycott of Israel (BDS) movement.

He is also the son of veteran Arab politician Nabil Shaath. The family said in a statement on Saturday, adding that they “felt relieved and happy to the roof” about his release after 900 days of “arbitrary detention” by Egypt. However, “we regret that they forced Ramy to relinquish his Egyptian citizenship as a precondition for his release which should have been unconditional after two and a half years of unjust detention in inhumane conditions,” the family said, “no one should choose between his liberty and citizenship,” it read. In the family statement.

He was released on Thursday night. Egyptian authorities later handed Shaath to a Palestinian Authority representative at Cairo airport, where he flew to Amman, the capital of Jordan, before leaving for Paris, his family said.

Shaat’s wife, French citizen Celine LeBron, was deported from Egypt shortly after her husband was arrested in July 2019 on charges of aiding a terrorist organization.

In April 2020, he was added to Egypt’s terror list alongside 12 other people.

In December, five human rights groups called on French President Emmanuel Macron to press Egypt to release Shat. Makron previously referred to his arrest at a press conference in Paris with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in December 2020.

Egypt’s space for opposition to the regime has been severely limited since Sisi took office in 2014. Human rights groups claim that Egypt has about 60,000 political prisoners, many of whom face harsh conditions and crowded cells. Egypt is ranked in the lowest group in the academic freedom index of the World Institute of Public Policy.

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