Egypt activist's trial postponed to June 11

Alaa Abdel-Fatah and 24 others face charges of organizing an unlicensed demonstration in November

Egypt activist's trial postponed to June 11

World Bulletin/News Desk

An Egyptian court on Sunday postponed to June 11 the trial of prominent activist Alaa Abdel-Fatah and 24 others on charges of organizing an unlicensed demonstration, a judicial source said.

The court hearing was chaired by a substitute judge who postponed further proceedings until the original judge returns from his sick leave, the source added.

Abdel-Fatah, who has been released pending trial, and the other co-defendants face charges of organizing and taking part in an unauthorized demonstration last November.

The demonstration was held to protest a then-newly approved protest legislation which many activists and civil society campaigners consider restrictive to the right of protest.

Abdel-Fatah, a prominent figure of January 25 uprising that unseated autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, is also accused of assaulting a police officer during the protest.

The activist has announced earlier that he would vote for leftist politician and former presidential contender Hamdeen Sabahi against former army chief Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, who ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi in July following protests against his one-year presidency.

Abdel-Fatah had rallied for and took part in the anti-Morsi demonstrations.

The two-day presidential elections, which kick off Monday, are part of a post-Morsi transitional roadmap announced by Sisi last July.

Since Morsi's ouster, the military-backed government has launched a sustained crackdown on dissent in which hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested.

Last Mod: 25 Mayıs 2014, 14:58
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