Egypt tries Christian rights activist on false news charge
Patrick George Zaki is a researcher on gender issues for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).
He wrote about his experiences as a Coptic Christian in Egypt which has gone on trial on the charge of spreading false news.
He was arrested in February 2020 at Cairo airport upon his return from Italy, where he had been studying.
The lawyers also alleged that he was subjected to torture, including with electric shocks, while being questioned about his activism and the EIPR, which is one of Egypt’s leading human rights organisations