Egypt: Activism Denied

Egypt: Activism Denied

Courtesy of FPA

Two years sentence and a fine for 8 activists A painful blow to the right of peaceful protest

ANHRI denounces the Misdemeanors Court of Rod El Farag’s judge sentencing two years and a fine against 8 activists participated in a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with the Copts of Egypt after the bombing of Saints Church in Alexandria during the celebration of Christmas early January of the past year.

On January 4, 2011, Mustafa Mohiy Eddin, Mohammed Atef, Mohammed Naji, Mostafa Shawki, Tamer Adel Abdulaziz, Ahmed Refaat, Dia Eddin Ahmed Rabi and Amr Ahmed Hassan participated in a peaceful demonstration in Shubra in front of the Virgin Church to denounce the terrorist attack that was subjected to the Church of Saints area of Alexandria. Security services arrested and detained them in a Rod El Farag police station accusing them of attacking security forces and destruction of properties and rioting.

They were later referred to the Public Prosecution for investigation on charges of gathering and destruction of public and private property and the use of force against officers and soldiers of the police and broadcasting exciting propaganda. The conclusion of the investigations made prosecution decide their referral to the Misdemeanors Court of Rod El Farag for a trial based on article 3/2 of Act No. 10 of 1914 Law on crowd modified by Law No. 87 of 1968, and articles 102#, 137, 162, 3, 242, 243, 2 and 361 of the Egyptian Penal Code. At last the court at its session held on Thursday decided the cruel imprisonment for two years and a fine of 100 pounds against each activist!!!!

ANHRI commented: “This ruling is a blow for freedom of expression and a sharp decline of the right to peaceful demonstration after the success of the Egyptian revolution in this field, despite the detection of the behavior of the police and Egyptian officers in the fabrication of charges and the use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations, which resulted in the deaths of revolutionary martyrs and wounding of thousands of demonstrators.”

“The court should’ve stand for freedoms and favor for the gains of the revolution instead of issuing such an unjust sentence against activists have used their natural right to express their opinions peacefully, but we hope this provision to be repealed before the Court of Appeal to prevent all Egyptians from being jailed in a cases of opinions after the revolution called for freedom ” ANHRI added

FPA-Foreign Press Association, Egypt

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