Middle East

Egypt refers three leading activists for trial over protest

Ahmed Maher, with sunglasses, the leader of the April 6 youth group that had a leading role in the 2011 uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak, tries to turn himself into prosecutors over an arrest warrant that charges him of inciting demonstrations against the new protest law, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahmed Omar)

CAIRO: Egypt's public prosecutor referred leading political activist Ahmed Maher for trial on Thursday on charges including protesting without permission, a judicial official said.

It was the first case of an activist being charged under the provisions of a new law criticised for stifling the right to protest.

Wael Shibl, the prosecutor, said Maher faced other charges including assaulting police and "resisting the authorities".

Two other activists being investigated in the same case were also referred for trial for assaulting the police and resisting the authorities. Shibl had earlier said all three had been charged with protesting without permission.

Maher is founder of the April 6 movement that helped ignite the historic 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak. The other two activists are Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel.





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