Egypt Court To Hear Appeal Against Maher, Douma, Adel Jail Terms

A Cairo appellate court is set on Wednesday to hear an appeal by three prominent activists against a three-year jail term handed to them by criminal court in December, Ahram Arabic news website said.

Founder of April 6 Youth movement Ahmed Maher, member Mohamed Adel and long-time activist Ahmed Douma,three leading figures of the protests that ignited the popular revolt that deposed president Hosni Mubarak in 2011, were sentenced last month to three years in jail and fined LE50,000 each on charges of organising illegal protests and assaulting police officers in November.

The case has fuelled fears among other activists and human rights organisations of an expanding crackdown against secular opposition by the country’s interim authorities.

Source : Ahram