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Yaqeen journalists released from detention

Five journalists from the privately owned Yaqeen news network were released from the Qasr al-Nil police station on Sunday night, the network announced on its Twitter account.

Police forces had raided the Yaqeen offices on Saturday, physically and verbally assaulting the journalists before arresting them and confiscating their equipment, according to a statement issued by the network.

The journalists were held in custody overnight on charges of possessing unlicensed broadcasting equipment, according to Ahmed Ezzat, lawyer for Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression.

Four of the journalists were released on a bail of LE5,000, whereas bail was set at LE10,000 for network head Yehia Khalfallah, Ezzat said.

The Yaqeen network condemned the arrests, pointing out that two other journalists affiliated with the network were arrested weeks ago and are still in custody.