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Egypt tries Christian rights activist on false news charge

A human rights activist who wrote about his experiences as a Coptic Christian in Egypt has gone on trial on the charge of spreading false news.

Patrick George Zaki is a researcher on gender issues for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

He was arrested in February 2020 at Cairo airport upon his return from Italy, where he had been studying.

He denies the charge and local rights groups say he is being prosecuted simply for expressing his opinion.

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