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A prominent Egyptian activist has been released from prison after serving a five-year sentence for organising an illegal protest, his family says.

Alaa Abdel Fattah rose to prominence during the 2011 uprising against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

He was arrested in 2013 for campaigning against the generals that ruled the country after Mr Mubarak’s resignation.

His sisters, Mona and Sanaa Seif, posted messages on Facebook on Friday stating: “Alaa is out.”

Photo: Alaa And El Fattah, photo by Nariman El-Mofty

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