30 November 2013

Egypt: Alaa Abdel-Fattah Remanded for Four Days for Staging Unauthorized Protest

Photo: Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua
An anti-government protester waves Egyptian flag outside the high court (file photo).

Political activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah has been remanded in custody for four days pending a probe by the prosecution into charges of protesting outside the Shura Council without prior permission.

Under a new law, protesters should seek a permission from the authorities to stage any rally.

Abdel-Fattah faces charges of assembling, protesting and organizing a protest without informing the authorities concerned.

The prosecution also ordered that Abdel-Fattah be medically examined to determine what wounds he had sustained during the protest.

Abdel-Fattah denied all accusations leveled against him, insisting the protest remained peaceful. He accused police officers of hitting him on the head while arresting him.

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