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Egypt bans key anti-Mubarak revolt group: judicial official

  • Egyptian prominent activists Ahmed Douma (R) and Ahmed Maher (L), the founder of the April 6 youth movement that led the revolt against ousted president Hosni Mubarak, react as they stand in the accused dock during their trial in the capital Cairo on April 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / HASSAN MOHAMED

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Monday banned the April 6 youth movement that spearheaded the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak and has protested against the current military-installed regime, a judicial official said.

The court issued the ruling based on a complaint that accused the group of defaming the country and colluding with foreign parties.

April 6 had also opposed Islamist president Mohammad Morsi, who was toppled by the army in July, but turned on the military-installed regime when the authorities cracked down on dissidents.

Its leader Ahmed Maher was sentenced to three years in prison in December for violating a law that bans all but police-sanctioned protests.

 
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