Middle East

Egypt court orders release of lawyer who defied president

FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Egyptian lawyer and former presidential candidate Khaled Ali points to photos of jailed activists, who were arrested during protests over two disputed Red Sea islands, including Egyptian rights lawyer Malek Adly, top row third right, during a press conference, in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian court has ordered the release of a rights lawyer who had been held without charge in solitary confinement for over 100 days for allegedly defying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, ruling in favor of Malek Adly, who was incarcerated on a rolling series of administrative detention orders, rejected an appeal by prosecutors after a court ordered Adly's release on Thursday. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Egyptian lawyer and former presidential candidate Khaled Ali points to photos of jailed activists, who were arrested during protests over two disputed Red Sea islands, including Egyptian rights lawyer Malek Adly, top row third right, during a press conference, in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian court has ordered the release of a rights lawyer who had been held without charge in solitary confinement for over 100 days for allegedly defying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, ruling in favor of Malek Adly, who was incarcerated on a rolling series of administrative detention orders, rejected an appeal by prosecutors after a court ordered Adly's release on Thursday. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)  (The Associated Press)

An Egyptian court has ordered the release of a rights lawyer who had been held without charge in solitary confinement for over 100 days after defying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

The Saturday ruling in favor of Malek Adly, who was incarcerated on a rolling series of administrative detention orders, rejected an appeal by prosecutors after a court ordered Adly's release on Thursday.

Adly's supporters say he has been targeted by authorities over a televised interview in which he objected to el-Sissi's decision in April to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. He was not formally charged with a crime.

Adly's lawyer, Mahmoud Belal, says he should be released soon.