World Bulletin/News Desk
An Egyptian court on Sunday ordered the release, on bail, of prominent activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah who is facing charges of assaulting policemen and staging an unlicensed protest last November, a judicial source said.
The court has adjourned the trial of 25 defendants, including Abdel-Fattah, to April 6 and ordered the release of the latter along with activist Ahmed Abdel-Rahman on $1430 bail each, the source told Anadolu Agency.
Abdel-Fattah, one of the activists who spearheaded Egypt's January 2011 revolution that toppled autocratic president Hosni Mubarak, would be released once the bail was paid, unless the prosecution appealed, the source added.
The 25 defendants appeared before court on Sunday to answer charges of illegal assembly, police assault and organizing a protest without an in-advance security permit outside the parliament building on November 30.
The demonstration was staged to decry Egypt's longstanding practice of trying civilians before military courts and a new protest law.
A law issued by the interim government in November makes it necessary for protest organizers to submit written notification to the Interior Ministry three days prior to staging demonstrations.
It also gives the ministry the right to deny them permission if the planned event was deemed a "threat to security or public safety" or if security conditions were deemed "inappropriate."
According to the law, violators will either be fined or imprisoned – penalties that have provoked outrage on the part of many Egyptian politicians and activists who say the legislation curbs freedoms and gives police free rein to crack down on popular expressions of dissent.
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