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Activist Asmaa Mahfouz sentenced to one year in jail

Mahfouz says she will ignore Cairo court ruling sentencing her to one year in prison, as case is politically motivated

Ahram Online, Wednesday 7 Mar 2012
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Asmaa Mahfouz of Egypt (Photo: Reuters)
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Ain Shams Misdemeanours Court ruled today in absentia a sentence of one year in jail and a fine of LE2000 against political activist Asmaa Mahfouz for assaulting Abdel-Aziz Fahmy, an Egyptian citizen.

The former April 6 Youth Movement member, Mahfouz, denies having ever met Fahmy. She told Al-Ahram's Arabic language portal that the case is politically motivated and designed to ruin her reputation as an activist. Furthermore, she claims to have received threats after the court ruling was announced.

Justifying her point, Mahfouz told Al-Ahram that Fahmy is the same man who previously filed cases against political activists Alaa Abdel-Fattah and Ahmed Abou-Doma.

The female political activist accuses the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) of being behind the case.

"After the prosecutor-general found me innocent in the foreign funding case, the SCAF is currently accusing me of beating up a citizen I have never seen in my whole life," Mahfouz told Al-Ahram.

So far, Mahfouz is choosing inaction as the way to deal with the accusations and ruling.

In October 2011, a group of military officers filed a complaint to the military court against activist Asmaa Mahfouz and Nour Ayman Nour, accusing the duo of insulting them and the ruliung SCAF. Last summer, Mahfouz came close to standing military trial after facing similar accusations by Egypt's military rulers. The army dropped the charges.

After the cases filed by Fahmy, Doma, a member of the Youth for Justice and Freedom Movement, was arrested on charges of inciting violence against the army during clashes between protesters and army soldiers on 16 December, following the violent dispersal of a three-week sit-in at the Cabinet offices in Cairo. Doma is still in prison.

Abdel-Fattah, a prominent Egyptian blogger and activist, was arrested in October 2011 on charges that included inciting violence during the bloody, military crackdown on Coptic rights protesters at Maspero on 9 October. His arrest sparked a public outcry in Egypt and around the world. Abdel-Fattah was released on 25 December 2011.

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Nile Sayed El Wardani
07-03-2012 08:52pm
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I have met and listened to many of Egypt's youthful revolutionaries, including Asmaa Mahfouz. They are educated, bright and courageous. They have a real vision of democracy in Egypt. They are paying the largest price they can possibly pay for their love of Egypt. That the SCAF continues to try to tarnish their reputations, imprison them, beat them, kill them and exclude them from the political scene just shows how pathetic and out of touch the SCAF really is. Egyptians love their country. The SCAF is showing the world that they love only their power. They do not love Egypt. As an American I fully support these courageous young people in Egypt and I am waiting for my country to do the same! I am appalled that the US government continues to support the SCAF financially, politically and with weapons and tear gas that are used against the innocent Egyptian people still gathering peacefully in the streets. The world has noticed that Egyptians continue an unarmed peaceful resistance! It is
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