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The Egyptian public prosecutor's office has decided to imprison Karim Hussein, the director of the "I'm sorry, Reiss" page on Facebook, a supporter of former President Hosni Mubarak, for 15 days on charges of "spreading false news," a judicial source said Thursday (11 July 2019) . This page follows about 3 million accounts on Facebook.

The establishment of the page coincided with the resignation of Mubarak in February 2011 following a popular uprising accompanied by the beginnings of the Arab Spring, after nearly 30 years in power.

"It was decided to detain (Karim Hussein) for 15 days," the source said. The source explained that "the Public Prosecution charged him with publishing false news, misleading public opinion with misinformation, misuse of social media and harming public security."

It is widely believed that in Egypt it is often used to charge "spreading false news" against opponents or human rights defenders. However, the Egyptian authorities deny the charges against them, and confirm that their purpose is to maintain the "security" and "stability" of the country.

Screenshot Facebook-Seite Asef ya raes, Unterst├╝tzung Husni Mubarak (facebook.com/AseF.Yarayes)

The operators of the page confirmed on Tuesday that the "A security source took Hussein to interrogate him on some matters related to the page"He said. The arrest of Hussein a few days after the publication of the page an old video of Mubarak, refusing to lift the government support for goods and materials justifying the protection of the "citizens the majority".

The government of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is adopting an unpopular austerity policy under the auspices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which includes a sharp lifting of government support. Egyptians have always complained about inflation, which has been on the rise since these policies came into effect in 2016.

Several non-governmental organizations accuse Egypt's current president, who took power in 2014, of imposing a multi-faceted repressive policy against dissenting voices. In September 2018, the President of the Sisi signed a law giving the authorities the right to monitor users of social networking platforms and accounts that are closely monitored.

AH / ZA (AFP)

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