Sunday, March 23, 2014
Egyptian court frees prominent activists
Prominent Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fatah hugs his new born son Khaled and his mother and sister, the writer Ahdaf al-Soueif, after his release, Sunday by a Cairo court. He had been detained with another prominent activist, Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, and 23 others since last November, after having been arrested during an ''illegal'' protest demonstration against military trials of civilians outside the Shura Council of which Abdel-Fattah was one of the organizers. He was also charged with assaulting members of the security forces and stealing a police officer's two-way radio.
The court ordered the release on bail of all defendants in this case and set the bail at 10,000 Egyptian pounds each. The trial was adjourned till 6 April. The prosecution objected.