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Pro-Mubarak Facebook Page Admin Arrested for ‘Spreading Fake News’

The administrator of a popular Facebook page in support of Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak was arrested on Tuesday night for “questioning”.

Karim Hussein, who founded and runs the the ‘أنا أسف ياريس’ (‘I Am Sorry Mr President’) Facebook page, was detained by security forces for questioning, according to a post made on the page on Wednesday morning.

The Facebook page, which has more than three million followers, was founded on 2 February 2011, during the January 25 revolution protests against Mubarak.

According to El Watan, State Security prosecution announced the detention of Hussein for 15 days pending an investigation into allegations he published fake news on the ‘I Am Sorry Mr President’ Facebook page.

In its own statement, the ‘I Am Sorry Mr President’ Facebook page said it does not know exactly why Hussein was arrested beyond that it relates to his work on the page.

The statement added that it understands security authorities’ responsibility and right to investigate and question any citizen in matters related to Egypt. The statement also added that the ‘I Am Sorry Mr President’ Facebook page has its full confidence in Egypt’s national security authorities, adding that it is certain this is just a normal investigation that will not take a long time and does not cause them any concern or worry.

In relation to reports surrounding his arrest, the statement said that while being taken into custody, Hussein was treated “with the utmost respect” and that a number of newspapers and websites, particularly those with allegiance to the Muslim Brotherhood, had been spreading allegations and attempting to create divisions with reports of Hussein’s arrest.

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