Court approves three-year prison sentences for Doma, Maher, Adel
Doma, Maher and Adel at the court dock - YOUM7/Hassan Mohamed

CAIRO: Tora Prison’s Misdemeanor Court of Appeals decided Monday to approve the three-year prison sentences issued for political activists Ahmed Doma, Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, reported Youm7.

Maher, Adel and Doma were sentenced to three years in jail, fined 50,000 EGP, and ordered to be placed under surveillance for three years for orchestrating illegal protests and assaulting police officers in November 2013 in front of Abdeen Misdemeanors Court.

The previous session on March 11 was adjourned to April 7 after the defense team for the three activists threatened to withdraw from the court in protest over assaults on the activists by security forces.

On Jan. 12, a delegation commissioned by the National Council for Human Rights visited Tora Prison, the location of the Misdemeanor Court of Appeals, to ensure that the prison was complying with human rights standards.

The delegation met with detained political activists, including Doma, Maher and Adel, after receiving a complaint about the ill treatment they were receiving in prison.

After the visit, the NCHR called upon the Ministry of Interior to examine the treatment of the detained activists.

Maher, Adel and Doma were beaten for 30 minutes while in detention, Doma’s wife Nourhan Hefzy said Monday in a statement, adding that the activists called upon their defense team “to not plead and to withdraw.”

Additionally reporting by Nermine Suliman, Ahmed Ismail and Aya Hosni.

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