Egyptian authorities have continued to detain the mother of a prominent jailed activistMarch 19, 2020, 8:33 PM4 min readCAIRO — Egyptian authorities on Thursday continued to detain the mother of a prominent jailed activist, after she and three others were arrested earlier this week for staging a protest to demand the release of prisoners amid the new coronavirus outbreak. Laila Soueif’s detention came as the Egyptian government tries to maintain its firm grip on dissent amid a burgeoning world health crisis. According to human rights groups, there are tens of thousands imprisoned in Egypt for their political views. On Wednesday, prosecutors charged Soueif and three other activists of spreading false news and violating the country’s protest ban. They had stood outside the Cabinet building asking the government to free inmates over concerns that the coronavirus could rapidly spread through Egypt’s prison system. Three of the women who protested Wednesday are related to prominent jailed Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah. Authorities kept Soueif in custody, but on Thursday released both her sister, her daughter Mona Seif as well as the fourth activist, according to a Facebook post from another daughter, Sanaa Seif, who did not attend the protest. Mona Seif had

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