Egypt: Court orders prominent activist to be freed on bail

An Egyptian court has ordered a prominent activist who has spent nearly four months in jail to be released on bail.

Egyptian authorities detained Alaa Abdel-Fattah, a leading figure in the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, in November, and charged him with organizing a protest without permission and assaulting police.

His detention has caused an uproar among rights groups and the secular and liberal youth organizations behind the 2011 revolt that toppled Mubarak.

At the opening hearing Sunday of Abdel-Fattah's trial, the judge ordered him released and set bail at 10,000 Egyptian pounds (about $1,400).

The court adjourned the proceedings until April 6.