Egypt prosecutors extend detention of Alaa Abdel-Fattah

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Dec 2013

Prosecutors extended detention of activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah for further 15 days; April 6 leader Ahmed Maher released

Alaa Abdel-Fattah
Alaa Seif Abdel Fattah (Photo: Hossam al-Hamalawy)

Prosecutors have renewed the detention of leading activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah for a further 15 days, a judicial source told Ahram Online on Sunday.

He is accused of inciting demonstrations in breach of a new protest law.

Abdel-Fattah, a symbol of the 2011 uprising against president Hosni Mubarak, was arrested at his home on Thursday. 

Authorities ordered his detention for four days on Friday.

April 6 Youth Movement founder Ahmed Maher, who was arrested on Saturday, was released earlier today.

Details of both decisions have yet to be released.

Abdel-Fattah and Maher were arrested for allegedly instigating protests on Tuesday in violation of a new protest law that proscribes demonstrations without prior police approval. They have also been charged with thuggery and incitement of violence.

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