Arrested Egyptian activist freed

Ahmed Maher, a founder of the April 6 movement flying home from the United States was detained at the Cairo airport

Arrested Egyptian activist freed

World Bulletin/News Desk

A prominent Egyptian activist flying home from the United States was detained at the Cairo airport on Friday for what a security source said was inciting a demonstration outside the Interior Minister's home in March.

Ahmed Maher, a founder of the April 6 movement that used social media to kindle the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011, later freed by the court.

Egypt state news agency says the country's prosecutor has ordered the release of a prominent youth leader a day after detaining him on accusations that he incited anti-government violence.

MENA reported Saturday that prosecutors are referring Ahmed Maher to a misdemeanor court on lesser charges, including insulting the Interior Minister and disrupting traffic.

He was returning to Egypt, via Austria, after speaking as a panelist at a conference on May 6 by the New America Foundation, entitled "Egypt in Transition".

"Airport security arrested him and said he was wanted by the General Prosecution on accusations of inciting demonstrations in front of the Interior Minister's home," a security source said, adding that the case will be transferred to the prosecution for investigation.

Hundreds of members of the April 6 movement staged a demonstration in front of the Interior Minister's home in March demanding the release of activists who were arrested in a security crackdown.

Four of the movement's members were arrested after the demonstration, said Amal Sharaf, the movement's spokesperson.

"I think they are punishing us and trying to stop us from what we are doing but of course they will not succeed because we will continue," she said.

Another prominent activist, Ahmed Douma, was detained late last month over accusations of insulting the president.

Douma was one of five activists served with arrest orders in March based on accusations that included inciting aggression during street clashes near the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters.

Dozens of cases of "insulting the president" have been brought since Mursi took office. Activists say the government is using the courts to target its liberal and secular opponents.

Last month Egyptian prosecutors summoned a television satirist over allegations of insulting the president and Islam.

Bassem Youssef, whose programme has been compared to The Daily Show of U.S. satirist Jon Stewart, was released on bail of 15,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,200) after he turned himself in.

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