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Egypt: journalist and lawyer held in crackdown

September 6, 2013
Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian labor lawyer and a journalist have been detained, raising rights activists' concerns that the military-led government is widening its crackdown to include non-Islamist critics of its policies.

Labor lawyer Haitham Mohammadain is in custody after a policeman accused him of belonging to a secret organization.

His lawyer, Maha Youssef, said Friday that Mohammadain, a member of a revolutionary group critical of the military, has yet to be formally charged, a day after his arrest.

Separately, a military official said journalist Ahmed Abu-Draa, who reports from the Sinai Peninsula, is held pending military investigation for publishing wrong information about an ongoing security operation.

The official spoke on condition anonymity because he isn't authorized to brief reporters.

Abu-Draa had questioned the military's reports on its operation against militant groups there.



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