Home > News > World
Monday April 28, 2014 MYT 6:41:44 PM
Monday April 28, 2014 MYT 6:43:44 PM
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Monday banned a pro-democracy movement that helped ignite the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, judicial sources and the website of the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper said.
The court was ruling on a private lawsuit brought by a lawyer accusing the April 6 movement of "damaging the image of the state" and illegal contact with foreigners, judicial sources said.
April 6 was one of the youth movements that harnessed social media to bring people into the streets for the historic Jan. 25, 2011 protests that led to Mubarak's downfall at the height of the "Arab Spring" uprisings.
Three leading members of April 6 - Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Douma - were sentenced to three years in prison in December on charges including protesting illegally. Their appeals were rejected in April.
The "Cairo Court for Urgent Matters" that issued Monday's ruling was the same body that last year banned the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement that propelled Mohamed Mursi to the presidency in a 2012 election.
The army-backed authorities have cracked down hard on the Islamists and secular-minded opponents since the military deposed Mursi last July after mass protests against his rule.
An Egyptian court intensified that crackdown on Monday by handing down a death sentence on the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 682 supporters.
More details were not immediately available on Monday's ruling on the case against April 6 brought by a lawyer called Ashraf Saeed.
(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Michael Georgy and Andrew Heavens)
Egyptian court bans group that helped topple Mubarak
Egyptian court sentences top Muslim Brotherhood leader to death
Egyptian police stage rare protest in defiance of new law
Egypt's Mursi calls elections beginning April 27
Merkel not acutely worried about Russian violations of airspace
North Korea to deepen probe into Japanese abductees - Japan's Abe
Apple chief Tim Cook 'proud to be gay'
Sweden recognises Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process
Protesters march on Burkina presidency after burning parliament
Die at home and cut the health cover-ups, Africans urge leaders
#MalaysiaCup Final 2014
Explore Tibet’s Potala Palace’s spiritual prowess
US judge says Google settlement over pharma ads is fair
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)