Zaki was released from jail in Egypt one year ago.
Roma, città di pace, accogliente e solidale, conferisce a #PatrickZaki la cittadinanza onoraria. La nostra comunità è al suo fianco finché non sarà libero di tornare a studiare in Italia, come desidera.
Forza Patrick, Roma ti aspetta! https://t.co/9WFwr8HK8b pic.twitter.com/gyOsvvq6vK
— Roberto Gualtieri (@gualtierieurope) December 1, 2022
Zaki was arrested in Cairo in February 2020, during a visit home from Italy where he was studying at Bologna University, on charges of allegedly spreading false news about Egypt.
He was jailed for 22 months and was released from prison last December. The eighth hearing in his trial took place just two days ago.
Zaki's case, which drew international condemnation on the Egyptian government, relates to an article published in 2019 in which he described his experiences as a Coptic Egyptian and his views on current events affecting the religious minority.
Although free from prison, Zaki cannot leave Egypt. "I hope to be able to come to Rome soon and meet all of you in person" - Zaki told Rome city council on Thursday - "It would be a huge pleasure, we continue to hope".
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