An Egyptian lawmaker was removed from a press conference at the COP27 climate meeting in Sharm El-Sheikh after defending the detention of British-Egyptian pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel Fattah.

Amr Darwish said Mr Abdel Fattah was “not a political prisoner”, as he addressed a panel including the activist’s sister, Sanaa Seif.

Alaa Abdel Fattah has been on hunger strike since April and the UN human rights chief has called on Egypt to release him.

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