Middle East

Egyptian court orders release of torture T-shirt detainee

This undated photo provided by the family of Mahmoud Mohammed Ahmed, shows Mahmoud Mohammed Ahmed in Cairo, Egypt prior to his arrest in Jan 2014 while wearing a T-shirt that bore the slogan "A nation without torture." An Egyptian court on Thursday, March 24, 2016 ordered the release of Ahmed, who was accused by police of taking part in unauthorized demonstrations, possession of explosives and paying money to others to take part in street protests, his brother and lawyer told The Associated Press. He was never formally charged during his two years in detention. (Family of Mahmoud Mohammed Ahmed via AP)

This undated photo provided by the family of Mahmoud Mohammed Ahmed, shows Mahmoud Mohammed Ahmed in Cairo, Egypt prior to his arrest in Jan 2014 while wearing a T-shirt that bore the slogan "A nation without torture." An Egyptian court on Thursday, March 24, 2016 ordered the release of Ahmed, who was accused by police of taking part in unauthorized demonstrations, possession of explosives and paying money to others to take part in street protests, his brother and lawyer told The Associated Press. He was never formally charged during his two years in detention. (Family of Mahmoud Mohammed Ahmed via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The brother and lawyer of Mahmoud Mohammed Ahmed, a 20-year-old Egyptian who was arrested for wearing a T-shirt with a slogan against torture, say a court on Thursday ordered his release on bail after nearly two years in detention without trial.

Ahmed was 18 when arrested on Jan. 25, 2014, the third anniversary of the uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. The day was marred by deadly clashes between police and protesters.

When arrested, Ahmed was wearing a T-shirt that bore the slogan "A nation without torture," something that helped turn his case into a cause celebre by Egyptian rights activists campaigning for an end to random detentions and torture by police.

Ahmed's brother and lawyer say he was tortured in detention and deprived of many of his rights.