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April 6 rejects treason claims in 'intelligence-directed' media

Egyptian youth group condemns 'fabricated' allegations in 'intelligence-directed' media that it serves foreign agenda after leaders' phone calls leaked

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Dec 2013
Political activists Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel
Political activists Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma (L) and Mohamed Adel (R) of the 6 April movement look on from behind bars in Abdeen court in Cairo, December 22, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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April 6 Youth Movement, which helped launch Egypt's 2011 uprising, has lashed out at fresh "trumped up" accusations of treason after leaked phone calls by senior members Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel were aired on TV.

The leak came just hours after the pair were jailed for organising an unlicensed protest.

Privately owned TV channel Al-Kahera Wal Nas (Cairo and the People) on Sunday broadcast phone calls of Maher and Adel that it said proved the movement serves a foreign agenda.

In one of the calls, the men mentioned rumours about Maher receiving $500,000 plus another fund from the wife of the emir of Qatar, Sheikha Moza – allegations he mocked during the conversation.

The activists also touched upon "training in Serbia," communication with the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the willingness of the European Union and the Danish embassy to fund the group.

In a statement on Monday, April 6 condemned "intelligence-directed" media outlets for spreading "fabrications" by the state security apparatus.

A number of Egyptian political groups and activists have received training and financing from international NGOs and human rights organisations, such as IRI, Freedom House, and the National Democratic Institute. This has been interpreted by the authorities and critics as conspiring with foreign states.

"Whoever has evidence of treason, spying or funding regarding April 6, go and submit it to the glorious judiciary… Or is defamation the objective?" the group added.

A court on Sunday sentenced April 6 founder Ahmed Maher, prominent member Mohamed Adel, and long-time activist Ahmed Douma, to three years in prison for organising an unauthorised protest last month and assaulting members of the security forces. They were also fined LE50,000 each.

The men were found guilty of violating a controversial law enacted last month that requires police authorisation for demonstrations. It was the first conviction for protesting without permission under the new legislation.

Their arrests were ordered after Maher's supporters allegedly clashed with police outside a Cairo court on 30 November, when Maher was handing himself in for questioning over allegations he had organised a separate illegal protest in defiance of the new law.

"It's unreasonable that we have been accused of spying and treason for six years, and when we get caught, it is over charges of protesting that we have never denied," the group added.

A number of secular activists have been arrested in recent weeks for violating the new law which rights groups say is designed to curb protests.

The case has fuelled fears of an expanding crackdown on public dissent by the country's interim authorities, beyond a sustained campaign on Islamists since the army's ouster in July of president Mohamed Morsi amid massive protests. Hundreds were killed and thousands arrested, including the top leadership of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Morsi himself is standing trial in three separate cases over charges including the murder of opposition protesters and a prison break.

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23-12-2013 04:29pm
The global business of regime change
Ahmed Maher and others of 6 April are the fifth column in Egypt which enabled the foreign agenda to bring Morsi to power with the aim of destroying Egypts soveregnty. They were backed and funded by the CIA, and Otpor in Serbia. Info is readily available on the net for any who care to do the research. whether they were naive dupes thinking they were messengers of Western style "freedom and democracy" or aware of the agenda (which would point in the general direction of treason) is open to discussion but at the point that big money was involved in this one has to question the motives. All this was known to Omar Suleiman, but such was the mood at that time that no-one was ready to isten. As an interesting side note, some of the leaflets instructing activists handed out at the recent Ukraine unrest, are EXACTLY the same (except the language)as those handed out in Cairo during the 25 Jan days. Joining the dots, we should ask ourselves, who is in the global business of regime change??
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23-12-2013 03:49pm
For me it is not strange! I am sure 6 april movement have links to foreign countries. Everything is about the money. They just use the situation and people telling them that they serve for democracy. Many are still naive...
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