CAIRO: The April 6 Youth Movement condemned the ruling issued by Abdeen Court for Urgent Matters Monday to ban the activities of the movement and shut down its headquarters, in a statement published Monday.
“The activities of the April 6 Movement are peaceful and the court ruling is unjustified as we are not to be blamed on the deteriorating economical, educational and health conditions,” said the statement.
Monday’s ruling to ban the movement is based on several charges, including tarnishing Egypt’s image, conspiring against the country’s national interests, colluding with foreign parties and urging the U.S administration to cut off its aid to Egypt, according to Youm7.
Mohamed Adel, a prominent member of the movement, is charged with breaking into the headquarters of the State Security Investigations Service in March 2011, following the toppling of Hosni Mubarak, said Youm7
Asmaa Mahfouz, another active member of the movement, is charged with using media outlets to create public disorder.
“We are an idea, not a company, to shut down our headquarters. How would they ban people from assembling in coffee shops, clubs and other places?” said the statement.
In December, Lawyer Ashraf Saeed filed the lawsuit accusing the group of espionage and defaming the Egyptian state.
The lawsuit was based on alleged recordings of the of the movement’s founders, including Asmaa Mahfouz, Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, which were aired on the “Black Box” television program on the privately-owned Al-Qahira Wal Nas satellite channel.
Ali claimed that the leaks proved the activists had “conspired against state institutions and received foreign funds.”
The leaks were criticized by several human rights organizations, including the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights.
The organizations demanded investigations into the broadcasting of private telephone conversations, and called on the Attorney General to open “immediate investigations” with the related mobile network.
Cairo Court for Urgent Matters is the same judicial body that banned the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its assets seized in December
The same court also ruled Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and Hamas terrorist organizations
However, the ruling can be suspended by a higher tribunal.
The April 6 Youth Movement began in 2008 as a Facebook group to support laborers in Mahalla, an industrial town in the Nile delta, who were planning a strike on April 6. Many of its members have become prominent activists and were instrumental in the January 25 Revolution.
Activists Ahmed Doma, the founder of the movement Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel were sentenced to three years in jail and fined 50,000 EGP for protesting in violation of the protest law, and assaulting police officers in November 2013 in front of Abdeen Misdemeanors Court.
The court rejected the defendant’s appeal against their verdict on April 7.
Originally published in Youm7.