Egypt releases Australian journalist, US student

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Posted: Feb 14, 2012 5:23 AM
Egypt releases Australian journalist, US student

Egyptian authorities have released an Australian journalist, his Egyptian translator and an American student detained last week for allegedly inciting people to strike.

The prosecutor general's office in Cairo informed media on Tuesday that Austin Mackell, translator Aliya Alwi, and student Derek Ludovici are allowed to stay at their places of residence in Egypt but remain under investigation and cannot leave the country.

They were arrested in the Nile Delta city of Mahalla al-Kobra on Saturday and accused of trying to bribe people to join a strike aimed at pressuring Egypt's military rulers to give up power.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday the arrests were part of a disturbing pattern of attacks and harassment of media in Egypt.