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Egypt activists Maher, Adel and Doma to remain behind bars with appeal rejected
Court rejects appeal by activists Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Doma's against their three-year prison sentences and LE50,000 fines for protesting without permission
Ahram Online, Monday 7 Apr 2014
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Political activists Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel
Political activists Ahmed Maher (R), Ahmed Douma (C) and Mohamed Adel, founder of 6 April movement, look on from behind bars in Abdeen court in Cairo, December 22, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

The Cairo Misdemeanour Court of Appeals upheld on Monday a three-year sentence and LE50,000 fines against activists Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Doma, rejecting their appeal.

 

According to their lawyer Gamal Eid, the defendants may still appeal to the Court of Cassation, the proceedings of which, however, notoriously extend for indefinite lengths of time.


On 22 December 2013, an Egyptian misdemeanour court had sentenced the three leading activists – known for being at the forefront of Egypt's 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak – to three years in jail and an LE50,000 fine each on charges including organising protests without seeking a police permit, as required by a new disputed protest law.


Founding members of the April 6 Youth Movement Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, as well as long-time activist Ahmed Douma, stand charged of allegedly assaulting police officers during a demonstration outside a Cairo court where Maher was handing himself in for questioning over the allegations pertaining to illegal protesting.


Several thousand members of the April 6 Youth Movement protested on the group's seventh anniversary on Sunday, demanding the release of detainees.





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Social Justice
07-04-2014 04:38pm
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Barbarism
This sentencing is more barbarism from pro-Mubarak terrorist thugs. It is a type of terrorism meant to intimidate democratic forces. Egyptians are sick of the lovers of dictatorship and oppression.
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ayman
07-04-2014 12:20pm
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Settle down
I respect these guys for what they did so far. However, in my opinion, we're past the revolutionary state and need to start building the country. Besides, it's not very revolutionary, nor does it make any sense, to protest a law imposed in many, supposedly democratic, countries and in a harsher manner. The sentence may seem a bit harsh since its the first time to be implemented, but they have already been in jail for a few months, i'm hoping they will get out in about a year or less for good behavior. These days are not the times for leniency.
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Ain Loc
07-04-2014 10:56pm
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Reasons
The government isn't going to focus on the terrorists because they have no real hope succeeding. The activists and political parties, however, do have a chance of becoming a dominant political force. The problem is that the government is unwilling to tolerate alternative views or dissent and therefore classifies everything as terrorism, even normal political activity. That is why these guys are in prison; the government hates and fears democratic politics.
Osama
07-04-2014 04:20pm
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I agree but they need to be released now
3 years for a protest is insane! let them out on time served, come on, this will only fuel the opposition! Let the activists out and focus on the terrorists!

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