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6 April's Zizo Abdo detained 45 days for 'violating probation': Lawyer

Ahram Online , Tuesday 14 Feb 2017
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An Egyptian judge ordered the detention of April 6 spokesman Zizo Abdo for 45 days on Tuesday pending investigations after he “violated the terms of his probation” imposed following his September release from prison, his lawyer said on Facebook.

Lawyer Mokhtar Mounir said on his social media page that Abdo was unable to report in because he was arrested at a café in Cairo on Wednesday and was held for several hours in custody.

Abdo was released in September pending trial, five months after he was arrested on charges of “inciting the overthrow of the regime” after participating in an April protest against a government deal that would hand two Red Sea islands under Egyptian control to Saudi Arabia.

In 2014, a court ruling banned all the activities of the 6 April Youth Movement, which was founded in 2008 to support a workers’ strike in the industrial city of Mahalla El-Kubra and played a key role in the 2011 revolution against Hosni Mubarak.

A co-founder of 6 April, Mohamed Adel, was released in January after finishing a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence on charges of violating Egypt's protest law, and must serve a three-year probationary period where he is required to report in to a police station on a daily basis for 12 hours.

Adel is facing the same probationary terms imposed on Ahmed Maher, another co-founder of 6 April, who was also released from jail in January after serving his sentence on similar charges.

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