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Egypt prosecutors release April 6 leader Ahmed Maher

Ahmed Maher is accused of rioting, assaulting police officers, blocking roads and violating the protest law

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Dec 2013
Ahmed Maher
Ahmed Maher (in white), founder of the April 6 movement, turns himself in at Abdeen court in Cairo November 30, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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Prosecutors released April 6 Youth Movement founder Ahmed Maher on Sunday afternoon, a judicial source has told Ahram Online.

Maher's arrest was ordered after April 6 took part in demonstrations outside parliament on Tuesday in defiance of a new protest law.

He was charged with rioting, assaulting police officers, blocking roads and violating the protest law.

Maher turned himself in to prosecutors on Saturday.

April 6 is renowned for its role during the popular revolt that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The Egyptian protest law, which bans demonstrations without prior police approval, was passed a week ago by the interim government and has provoked an outcry among rights groups.

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