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Egypt Lifts Travel Ban on Activist Mamdouh Hamza, MENA Reports

Egypt’s State Security prosecutors have lifted a travel ban on Mamdouh Hamza, a leading activist in the uprising that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, the state-run news agency reported today.

Hamza, who headed the National Council, a loose coalition of political groups, movements, activists and organizations that played a prominent role in the mass uprising against Mubarak last year, was freed after questioning, the Middle East News Agency reported, without saying how it obtained the information. It said authorities had asked him about allegations that he had stoked unrest and incited violence, which he denied.

The industrialist and civil engineer was among a group of prominent activists who came under fire following the Jan. 25 uprising as protests, strikes and rallies brought daily life to a virtual standstill and damaged the economy of the Arab world’s most populous nation.

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