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Egyptian Police Arrest Author For Book On Economy Before Raiding The Publisher

• https://www.zerohedge.com, By Tyler Durden

On Sunday Reuters reported that police arrested author Abdul Khalik Farouk for a writing book criticizing the government's handling of the economy. Egyptian authorities further seized copies of the book, "Is Egypt Really a Poor Country?" from the publisher, which analyzed various economic and social crises afflicting Egypt.

This comes as in a separate case an American citizen was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison on political charges of "attempting to overthrow the government" — though unlike the (now freed) Pastor Andrew Brunson case, it is receiving almost no media attention whatsoever. 

Per Reuters, Farouk is currently being detained on "charges of publishing false news, security sources and the author's wife said" — upon orders of the public prosecutor  for authoring the book which analyzed the Egyptian economy. He was taken from his home in a Cairo suburb on Sunday by police officers who confirmed he was being arrested precisely for writing the book. 

Since President Sisi came to power in 2014 after rising to power as the youngest member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, a military junta that temporarily ruled Egypt after former President Hosni Mubarak was forced to to step down amidst a wave of so-called "Arab Spring" protest in 2011, he's arrested thousands in what's seen as a broad crackdown on political dissent

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