Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

Egypt: Activists Ahmed Maher and Douma Sentenced to Three Years

Photo: Ahmed Douma
Ahmed Douma was one of the three activists convicted of rioting and assaulting police.

CAIRO, Dec 22 (Aswat Masriya) An Egyptian court sentenced activists Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel to three years in prison on Sunday for protests by Abdeen Court that took place earlier this month.

The defendants, who were also fined 50,000 Egyptian pounds ($7,200) each, chanted "down with military rule" when their verdict was announced.

Confrontations between police forces and protesters erupted earlier this month as Ahmed Maher, the founder of April 6, handed himself in to the authorities for protests by the Shura Council against the new protest law.

The defendants were accused of attacking a Central Security conscript by the Abdeen Court and protesting without permit.

A law passed recently obliges Egyptians to inform the authorities of their intention to protest three days prior to their demonstration to obtain a permit.

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