Activists decry Doma’s imprisonment, say it violates international treaties
Doma, Maher at the court dock - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Rights activist Mohamed Zarea said that the judicial verdict issued against the political activists Ahmed Doma and Ahmed Maher does not contradict the Egyptian constitution or laws; rather that it violates the international treaties signed by Egypt.

He added in a statement to Youm7 that the Egyptian government should amend the protest law to allow the peaceful demonstrations. He called on President Adly Mansour to find a legal solution to release the imprisoned activists.

Maher and Doma were sentenced to three-years in prison on charges of “orchestrating illegal protests and assaulting police officers” in November 2013, by the Abdeen Misdemeanor Court.

The verdict has been the cause of major outcry among politicians and activists, with many experts stating that such a ruling could increase the current tension.

Secretary General of Free Egyptians Party Ahmed Fawzy said that the verdict will increase the gap between the youth and the current government. He warned, in a press statement, that the suppressive ruling could push young people to boycott the upcoming presidential elections.

Further, prominent leftist activist Alaa Abdel-Fatah said on his Twitter account that the verdict came according to the anti-protest law issued by Beblawy’s government. He added, “The only solution is to overthrow this law to resolve the crisis of the majority of political prisoners.”

He added that the verdict reflects the intention of the Egyptian authorities to take retaliatory measures against the activists, describing it as a judicial scandal.

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