Egyptian activist gives himself up to prosecutors

Egyptian activist Ahmed Maher gave himself up to Egyptian prosecutors on Saturday.

Egyptian activist gives himself up to prosecutors
Prominent political activist Ahmed Maher, the founder of the April 6 youth group, gave himself up to Egyptian prosecutors on Saturday to answer charges of inciting "unlicensed" protests.

Earlier this week, prosecutors ordered Maher's arrest on charges of organizing a protest outside the parliament building without an in-advance security permit.

At least 24 activists were arrested for taking part in the Tuesday protest, in which protesters decried Egypt's longstanding practice of trying civilians before military courts and urged a constitution-drafting panel – that had been meeting inside parliament HQ – to scrap a proposed constitutional article allowing the practice.

The Egyptian government has issued a law that makes it necessary for protest organizers to submit written notification to the Interior Ministry three days prior to staging demonstrations.

The controversial legislation also gives the ministry the right to deny protest organizers permission if the planned event is deemed a "threat to security or public safety" or if security conditions are 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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Last Mod: 30 Kasım 2013, 14:27
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