Egypt activists face trial for protesting without permission

Egypt's public prosecutor referred three political activists to trial on Thursday on charges including protesting without permission, a judicial source said.

Ahmed Maher, founder of the April 6 movement, among trio to face trial

Ahmed Maher, founder and former leader of the April 6 movement, is one of the first three activist to be charged under provisions of a new law criticized for stifling the right to protest. (Stringer/Reuters)

Egypt's public prosecutor referred three political activists to trial on Thursday on charges including protesting without permission, a judicial source said.

It was the first case of activists being charged under the provisions of a new law criticized for stifling the right to protest.

The activists charged on Thursday include Ahmed Maher, founder of the April 6 movement that helped ignite the historic 2011 uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak, and Ahmed Douma, another prominent dissident.

They are also charged with assaulting police.

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