Last Update 21:43
Monday, 18 November 2019

Anti-protest law activists' trial postponed to 13 September

Defendants were arrested during a march on 21 June to denounce the protest law, responsible for jailing many demonstrators since last November

Ahram Online, Sunday 29 Jun 2014
Protest Law activists
Protesters march during a rally against anti-protest legislation in Cairo, June 21, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
Views: 1163
Views: 1163

A Cairo misdemeanour has postponed the trial of 23 defendants charged with violating the protest law to 13 September, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported on Sunday.

The 23 defendants were arrested last week in a protest held to demand an end to a law issued last November banning all demonstrations not pre-approved by the police.

Dozens showed for the protest to march from Al-Haram metro station in Heliopolis towards Ittihadiya presidential palace. However, the protest was dispersed after groups of people threw rocks and glass bottles at the demonstrators.

The defendants include Sana Seif, sister of jailed blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah, who is currently facing a 15-year prison sentence on similar charges.

Prosecutors in the east Cairo district of Heliopolis referred the 23 defendants to a misdemeanor court.

Egypt's protest law has been widely condemned by political activists, a number of whom have been jailed under its provisions.

Those serving sentences or awaiting trial include prominent campaigners Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel of the April 6 Youth Movement, Ahmed Douma of the Egyptian Popular Current, MahinourEl-Masry of the Revolutionary Socialists and leftist blogger Abdel-Fattah.

Hundreds of Islamists have also been imprisoned on charges of violating the new law.


Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

30-06-2014 12:01pm
protect the gains
Greetings Friends be WARNED Egypt is getting a lot of adverse publicity. PLEASE some how get the President to realise that a GESTURE OF GOOD WILL will go along way to promote his international popularity and hence rapidly accelerate the economic recovery of egypt. There is OUTRAGE over a number of recent court decisions, namely the journalist and perceived suppression of human rights... For the sake of Egypt these trivial matters must be disposed of... I refer to articles like these
Comment's Title

© 2010 Ahram Online.