Egyptian rights lawyer says police have arrested comedian

CAIRO — An Egyptian rights lawyer says police have arrested a young comedian who was working for a popular satirical television program.

Azza Soliman told The Associated Press on Monday that plainclothes policemen raided Shady Abu Zaid's house in a Cairo neighborhood early on Sunday and arrested him. She says Abu Zaid's whereabouts are unknown.

His sister, Roula Abu Zaid, has confirmed the arrest in a Facebook post.

Abu Zaid was working as correspondent for a recently canceled satirical program, hosted by a puppet named Abla Fahita. Now he produces a show, The Rich Content, which is shared on social media networks.

In 2016, he set off controversy after handing balloons made of inflated condoms to police officers on the fifth anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

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