Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma detained for insulting president

Ahram Online, Tuesday 30 Apr 2013

Political activist Ahmed Douma sent to prison pending investigations into charges he called President Morsi a 'criminal'

Egyptian prosecutors in the Nile Delta city of Tanta ordered the detention of activist Ahmed Douma on Tuesday for four days, pending investigations into charges that he insulted President Mohamed Morsi.

According to Douma’s official Twitter account, he is accused of insulting the president by calling him a killer, a criminal, and saying he is wanted by the state.

The young activist was transferred to Damanhour’s general prison.

In March, Douma, known for his anti-Morsi stance, sustained injuries after he was beaten by what he described as “Muslim Brotherhood militias” during clashes in front of the Islamist group’s headquarters in Cairo’s Mokattam district.

The clashes reportedly erupted after opponents of the group drew anti-Morsi and anti-Brotherhood graffiti in the vicinity of the headquarters.

Douma was detained in December 2011 during the Cabinet office clashes when at least 19 were killed and hundreds were injured after army forces violently dispersed a sit-in by protesters at the Cabinet building.

In January, a report by the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) stated that the number of lawsuits filed on charges of insulting the president under Morsi exceeded those filed under all Egyptian rulers since 1892.


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