Prominent Egyptian blogger arrested

Prominent Egyptian blogger arrested

Human rights activists in Egypt say that a blogger and journalist who played a significant role in the 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak has been arrested.

A fellow activist said that Esraa Abdel Fattah was picked up on Saturday night by police officers and driven away. Her whereabouts are currently unknown.

Another activist has tweeted that Ms Fattah appeared before state prosecutors on Sunday and had said that she was “badly beaten and tortured”

Ms Fattah was co- founder of a youth movement that played a big part in mobilising the millions of protesters who forced former President Mubarak to stand down as president.

In the past three weeks, rights groups say that about 3,000 people, including activists, lawyers and academics, have been detained in a major wave of arrests following rare protests against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.