Egyptian court releases student photographer after her health deteriorates

Published December 20th, 2015 - 05:00 GMT

Cairo criminal court ordered Saturday the release of student and amateur photographer Israa al-Taweel because of her health conditions.

Taweel was accused of "belonging to a terrorist organisation" and calling for disrupting laws, preventing state institutions from operating, assault on personal freedom and "harming national unity" by spreading false news.

She was arrested on June 1 and was denied proper care for a debilitating bullet wound she ironically acquired while covering protests marking the third anniversary of the January 2011 uprising. During her recovery, she has had to use a wheelchair for months.

Local and international human rights organisations have reiterated the call for action in Taweel's case.

According to a November report by Amnesty International, Egyptian authorities were "preventing" Taweel from receiving the required medical care that could prevent her from becoming permenantly disabled.


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