Middle East

Egyptian court orders release of street performers

Two defense lawyers say an Egyptian court has ordered the conditional release of four members of a satirical street performance group whose selfie-style video clips mocked President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Lawyers Mahmoud Othman and Ahmed Othman told The Associated Press that Wednesday's release order did not mean that the case has been dropped. They say the prosecution could still appeal the release.

The lawyers say their conditional release could involve house arrest, reporting daily to the police or a travel ban.

The performers were arrested in May and faced several charges, including inciting terror attacks and attempting to overthrow the government.

Recent clips by the group were entitled "El-Sissi, my president, made things worse," and "Leave" — a chant that was popular during the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak.