Egypt court orders release of activist Douma

Ahram Online, Saturday 6 Jul 2013

Activist Ahmed Douma, in detention for two months, is granted release while investigations are ongoing

Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma (Photo: Reuters)

An Egypt court ordered Saturday the release of activist Ahmed Douma without bail pending investigations on charges of having incited an assault on the Muslim Brotherhood's Cairo headquarters in March.

Douma, along with 12 other activists, were accused of inciting violence when anti-government protesters attempted to storm the headquarters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood — the group from which Mohamed Morsi, dismissed as president this week, hails — in Cairo's Moqattam district

Douma, detained since 30 April, was convicted on a number of charges including insulting the president and circulating false news on a television programme. He had called President Morsi a killer and a criminal, and said that he was wanted by the state.

On 3 June, a Misdemeanour Court sentenced Douma to six months in prison for insulting Morsi. He appealed the verdict.

Douma, an activist since the Mubarak years, had been previously arrested during SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces) rule in 2012, following a clash with military personnel in front of the Egyptian Cabinet headquarters near Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Accused of incitement and vandalism, he was conditionally released pending further investigations.

On 16 March, Douma was beaten along with other activists by Brotherhood supporters while painting anti-Brotherhood graffiti outside the group's headquarters in Moqattam.

The leftist activist opted not to file a legal complaint against the Brotherhood due to his lack of trust in the justice system, vowing to fight the group politically instead.

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