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EU urges Egypt to review sentences for political activists

Sentences imposed on leading activists Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel should be reviewed on appeal, says spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief

Ahram Online, Monday 23 Dec 2013
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton speaks with the media prior to an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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The European Union has issued a statement expressing concern at the jailing of three prominent Egyptian activists.

The sentences appear to be based on the recently enacted protest law which is widely seen as limiting excessively freedom of expression and assembly, said Sebastien Brabant, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Ashton expressed hope, he said, that "these sentences could be reviewed in an appeals process."

On Sunday, a court sentenced April 6 Youth Movement leading figures Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, and revolutionary activist Ahmed Douma to three years in jail and a LE50,000 fine.

The trio were convicted of assaulting police officers during a demonstration outside a Cairo court where Maher was handing himself in for questioning over allegations he had organised an illegal protest. They were also convicted of organising illegal protests.

Ashton criticised the protest law on 1 December, warning it could hinder the country's transition to democracy.

The passing of the law on 24 November — nearly 10 days after a three-month state of emergency, in place since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, was lifted — has been viewed by critics as a tool for cracking down on public dissent.

However, Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi has said the law is crucial for securing citizens and protecting protesters.

Ashton also denounced the raid on the offices of the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights in which Adel was arrested.

Ashton, however, "reaffirmed the European Union's support for a sustainable democracy that meets the aspirations of the Egyptian people and its readiness to cooperate with Egyptians to see their transition succeed."

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Samantha Criscione
24-12-2013 08:32am
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Ashton interferes in Egypt's internal affairs -- again!
Once again Ashton and the EU are attempting to interfere in Egypt's internal affairs -- indeed, her judicial affair -- and, as always, the interference is aimed at helping the Brotherhood. Why the Brotherhood? Because the three convicted 'activists' were attempting to sabotage the protest law, and the law is aimed at controlling the Brotherhood's attempts to terrorize and destabilize Egypt through organized violence, disguised as 'protests.' A July statement by the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council, led by Ashton, demanded that the Brotherhood be permitted "free expression," meaning the unhindered ability to terrorize the population. Behind their pretense of revolution and democracy, what the convicted 'activists' are in fact fighting for is "free expression" for the Brotherhood clerical fascists. -- Samantha Criscione
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very etc
24-12-2013 07:20am
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Send her a picture
Send her a picture of Mansora terror !!!
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Omar, egypt
24-12-2013 06:11am
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Crime & Punishment
Your request proves your ignorance about basic human behavior in different cultures. would you please mind your God dam business? Egypt is moving from the Dark Age to modernity and law must be forced on people of criminal attitudes'. Shame on you!
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Allen
24-12-2013 03:31am
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Drop this feeble woman among the MB terrorist barberians
See how fast she will change her tune and shut her face for good!!
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jenaid
23-12-2013 05:33pm
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EU and the US too- GO FLY A KITE!
Now you are concerned about the jailed activists.. OH YEAH...they happen to be a bunch of seculars--forget about the thousands who have been imprisoned and murdererd. Hypocrites! Hypocrites LOVE Hypocrites!
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Sobia
23-12-2013 05:28pm
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Double standards
The EU, US and the western powers always supported the Dictator and repressive regime not only in the Egypt but rest of world as long as the tyrants take care of their interests. Their statements for democracy, human & civil rights are just empty slogans to fool the public both internal and external. They are supporting the current regime in back doors and issuing empty/formal statements against all the repression and atrocities of these corrupt junta. EU urges the Tyrants to review their sentences just like requesting a Thief/burglar to handover some of the stuff from the theft stuff to the aggrieved person/ victim who has been deprived off from its assets.
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