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Presidential candidate demands release of 'revolution activists'
Hamdeen Sabahi urges interim President Adly Mansour to pardon activists who played a leading role in the January 2011 uprising
Ahram Online, Monday 7 Apr 2014
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Founder of Egyptian Popular Current, presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi speaks during a news conference in Cairo December 23, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi has demanded the release from prison of activists who played key roles in the January 2011 uprising. 

Egypt cannot detain those who revolted, while the corrupt and murderers are free, Sabahi said via Twitter.

Interim President Adly Mansour should grant them an immediate pardon, he added.

Sabahi's comments came hours after an appeal court upheld a three-year sentence and a LE50,000 fine against activists Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Doma, rejecting their appeals.

The long-time activists were found guilty of assaulting police officers during a demonstration outside a Cairo court where Maher was handing himself in for questioning over allegations pertaining to an unauthorised protest.

The passing of the protest law on 24 November -- shortly after a three-month state of emergency, in place since the July ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, was lifted -- is viewed by rights activists as an alternative tool for cracking down on public dissent.

It requires protest organisers to seek authorisation three days ahead of any planned demonstration. Protests can be banned if deemed a threat to national security.





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Hagi
08-04-2014 10:10am
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No sabahi
When sisi killing egptian in Rabia al adawia where were you?who wer those enosents peopls?now you speaking abouth uneccesserry things. You have shear from those bloods the onw sisi did.you and sisi both have a bloods in your hands..no more chance for you and sisi
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Zaman
08-04-2014 08:10am
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Nonsens
Rejected person both sisi and sabahi. Both are enemies of democracy and united egypt
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Mimi
08-04-2014 04:42am
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How convenient for Mr. Sabbahi
Once again, Mr. Sabbahi is using the sacrifices of the young and hard working for his own gain. Where was this demand before he decided to run for president, a post to which he apparently feels entitled? Mr. Sabbahi needs to learn that he is entitled to nothing. he must earn the support of the people. He should stop using the hard work and sacrifice of the real revolutionaries and activists for his personal gain. His behavior is shameful and cowardly. He will not get my vote. EVER.
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ilaria
08-04-2014 12:39am
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I hope peace for Egypt
Salam alaycum, there is no democracy without social justice..as for example when a child dies of hunger or can not access to education.. Whoever wins should work for the people and not for the 'privilege' of politics. I hope the best for this wonderful and amazing country. Courage Egypt!
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Khofoo, Giza
07-04-2014 05:46pm
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No to Mr. Sisi
Islamist trerrosits like BH, Hamas, Hezballah and other clown states like Sudan, Qatar, etc. will kill. You are our national hero and I will vote for you next time.
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Mona Abdel Aziz, Alex
07-04-2014 05:43pm
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good Start
What Mr. Sabahi will do to control population explosion? Egypt can NOt support 90 millions anymore. Population control should be national priority and it will solve all our problems.
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Freiheit
07-04-2014 11:18pm
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Article's point
It won't do anything to solve the state terrorism mentioned in the article. Freeing the political prisoners is a necessity.
Egyptian
07-04-2014 10:54pm
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Land devolpment
Egypt has so much land unpopulated it is almost mind boggling. Its not like this land is preserving forests so it should be developed into business and residential areas with high quality career opportunities and financial incentives(taxes, land price). Our population is not too large and land development should take care of over-crowding. I hope Sisi plans more development than just homes. I would like to see sky scrapers
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Ain Loc
07-04-2014 05:41pm
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Sabbahi
Sabbahi is right, heroes are imprisoned while corrupt murderers are free or acquitted.
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Aladdin, Egypt
07-04-2014 05:40pm
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Vote for Sabahi
I like and respect Mr. Sisi; but I will vote for Mr. Sabahi. Mr. sisi will be prime target for many, many criminal and terrorists groups. I hope Mr. sisi will run again after things calm down. I care for Egypt and all its sons.
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