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Egypt court bans April 6 over espionage claims

Court bans activities of youth group that helped spearhead the January 2011 uprising

Ahram Online, Monday 28 Apr 2014
6 April
Members of Egypt’s April 6 Youth Movement shout anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a rally in front of Cairo's stock market, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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The Court for Urgent Matters has ordered the banning of all activities by the April 6 Youth Movement.

Lawyer Ashraf Saeed filed the lawsuit, which accused the group of espionage and defaming the Egyptian state.

He called for interim President Adly Mansour, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim to freeze the movement's activities and confiscate its headquarters.

Saeed told Al-Ahram Arabic news website that his lawsuit was based on recordings aired on television by Abdel-Rehim Ali.

"The recordings showed the movement had received foreign funding," he claimed.

The group's participation in raids on state security buildings in March 2011 increased my feelings against the group, Saeed added.

Following Mubarak's ouster, activists stormed state security buildings in which numerous accounts of torture had been reported.

The events were aired live on television and took place in the presence of soldiers who did not attempt to stop them.

Saeed added that he wanted the group and all of its offshoots disbanded.

The young group, which played a vital role in the January 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, has been the target of an ongoing smear campaign since its founding in 2008.

It was attacked during the Mubarak era and its founder Ahmed Maher was arrested. The group was then hailed after the 2011 revolution, only to be criticised during the period of rule by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). More recently, the movement has been denounced for opposing the post-Mohamed Morsi interim authorities.

In 2011, April 6 issued a complaint to the public prosecutor after the SCAF accused it of trying to "drive a wedge between the people and the army." 

TV anchors and channels affiliated with remnants of the Mubarak regime accused the group -- along with other icons of the January 2011 revolution – of "receiving foreign funds, conspiring against the state and belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood."

Abdel-Rehim Ali made a number of allegations against the group on his show 'Black Box'. In a series of episodes, Ali, who claimed he possessed over 5,000 recordings, aired the private phone calls of prominent activists, including April 6 co-founder Ahmed Maher, claiming they proved the activists had "conspired against state institutions."

Earlier this month, the group marked its sixth anniversary with two of its founding members, Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, behind bars.

Maher and Adel, along with activist Ahmed Douma, were sentenced last December to three years in prison and fined LE50,000 each for violating a protest law, which criminalises unauthorised demonstrations, and assaulting police officers.

An appeal against the verdict was turned down on 7 April.

The implementation of a new protest law in November 2013 has fueled fears of an expanding crackdown on dissidents beyond a sustained campaign against Islamists since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013.

Last Saturday, April 6 and other political forces marched to the presidential palace to denounce the protest law and demand the release of detainees.

April 6 was established in 2008 to support a strike by textile workers in the industrial city of Al-Mahalla Al-Kubra. The strike was a milestone in the mobilisation of activists prior to the January 25 revolution.



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29-04-2014 08:01am
Stubborn Leftists
It doesn't matter that all the liberal factions are being hunted down. The leaders of the April 6th movement are in hiding. El Baradei has an arrest warrant against him. They will not admit they made a huge mistake supporting the military junta in Egypt.
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Reda. Shehata
29-04-2014 01:10am
Ban of 6 April Movement
The court's decision is a late one. Now All Egyptians are well informed about the suspicious activities of the Movement which had proved to be just an instrument in the hands of foreign powers. Will it please Al-Ahram editor-in-chief to condemn that court ruling just as he had bizarrely called upon the release of Doma
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Hazem L
30-04-2014 12:12am
The government is a foreign Saudi construct; an alien import
The military-judicial cult that rules Egypt is a creation of Saudi Wahabbis. It is the most unEgyptian political element of the country. April 6 are shining examples of patriotism compared to the deluded Sisi maniacs.

Hani Azzam
28-04-2014 11:41am
Fascism, pure and simple
It is even more tyrannical than the Mubarak regime
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28-04-2014 09:34pm
Its Really funny! these clowns supported the ouster of a sincere President Morsi and now theyre regretting badly. Elbaradei ran off in exile and so would all these other clowns for supporting the counter revolution. They should all realign themselve in a coalition the with the MB before its too late. The only reason Egypt has not broken into a full civil war is because orders were not given by brotherhood yet but if things carries on the way it going then brace for bloodbath worse than syria
Freedom vs Fear
28-04-2014 03:14pm
Tyranny will fall
You are completely correct. Egypt has leapt into fascist Nazism. No educated person still supports this tyrannical government.
28-04-2014 01:45pm
This is now wake up time and wake up call for all 2011 upsrising partners and allies.When they united they overthrown the tyran but the deep state charactors cleverly divided the allies and the back to power again.The regime is taking one by one all the revolutionaries to throw them out of political scen.All the islamist & liberal must admit their mistake and foolish acts.It's not too late if they are not united again all will be behind the bars for next 2/3 decades at least.If some one still think that this regime is only against Islamist they nothing but just fools.Egypt has reached to to point of NOW OR NEVER

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