UPDATE 3 MONDAY 9:13AM -
Apologies, Magdy has not been released yet. Twitter reports that they are at the station signing papers for him and waiting as of this morning:
UPDATE 2 (1:12 PM EST):
Magdy has been released on LE1000 bail (approximately $150), but the charges have not been dropped and the case will continue. We can only speculate that international pressure was key to his early release, and we will be maintaining our campaign of solidarity and support throughout the case until these false charges are dropped.
El-Watan newspaper report on Magdy’s bail in Arabic:
ARTIST MAGDY EL SHAFEE TO BE RELEASED ON LE1000 BAIL
The Qasr al Nil prosecution decided today to release Magdy El Shafee, the comics artist and pioneer of the graphic novel, on LE1000 bail, after he was arrested during Friday’s “cleanse the judiciary” clashes on charges of possession of firearms, illegal assembly, attacks on security forces and damage to public property.
The prosecution had sentenced him yesterday to 4 days of interrogation.
However, Magdy’s brother, Omar El Shafee, told El-Watan that the case is continuing, and that he had not been released yet, but that he was expected to be released from either the Darb al-Ahmar or Qasr al-Nil station when they pay his bail, which they were on the way to do. He also emphasized that the solidarity vigil in front of the Journalists’ Syndicate for Dr. Shafee is continuing.
Later reports on Facebook confirm that Magdy has now been released. Stay tuned for more information and a possible upcoming solidarity event in NYC.
UPDATE ON MAGDY L SHAFEE:
Magdy L Shafee was arrested in Cairo Friday night. He has been charged, along with 38 other protestors arrested, with clearly trumped up charges, including possession of molotov cocktails, attempted murder of police officers, and destroying public property. According multiple witnesses, El Shafee had gone down to try to stop the clashes and was arrested at random, while walking through the square, because he didn’t run away from the cops. He has been taken to the infamous Tora Prison for 4 days of interrogation.
We continue to urge our friends to call the Egyptian embassy in Washington, D.C. and demand they release Magdy L Shafee and all unarmed demonstrators. You can call them at: 202-895-5400
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Follow #freemagdy on twitter for updates
(The top poster says “Magdy is not a thug!” and gives information about his arrest, the bottom image is a drawing by Ammar Abo Bakr of police officers outside the court where Magdy made an appearance yesterday in handcuffs— it says “Free Magdy L Shafee” at the top and “police are dogs”)