20 Egyptians slapped with travel ban for accusations of insulting judges

Ahram Online , Wednesday 15 Jan 2014

Former MPs, journalists, judges and activists were banned from travelling pending investigations for insulting the judiciary and attempting to influence judges

Qandeel, Khodiery and Abdel-Magiued
L-R - Qandeel, Khodeiry and Abdel-Maged

Twenty Egyptians were banned from travelling by a judge on Wednesday amid investigations into accusations that they insulted the judiciary and interfered in the judicial process.

The list includes judges, journalists, lawyers, former parliamentarians and activists from a variety of political affiliations and backgrounds. The accusations include insulting the judiciary, attempting to influence judges overlooking court cases and publishing "issues" that may affect judges.

The accused include former MP and judge Mahmoud El-Khodeiri, Nasserist journalist Abdel-Halim Kandil, liberal activist and academic Amr Hamzawy, pro-Muslim Brotherhood TV host Nour Abdel Hafez, rights lawyer Amir Salem, hardline Salafist and Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya leader Assem Abdel-Maged and rights activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah.

Former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi along with eight other prominent Islamist figures were slapped with a travel ban on 4 July, a day after Morsi was ousted, for similar accusations. Prosecutors then launched an investigation into Morsi slandering judges in one of his final speeches as president.

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