48 acquitted over January 25 Revolution anniversary arrests
YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Dokki Misdemeanor Court ruled Monday to acquit 48 defendants who were arrested during riots that took place in Dokki during celebrations of the third anniversary of the 2011 January 25 Revolution, Youm7 reported.

The defendants were facing charges of participating in illegal protests, possessing firearms and unlicensed ammunition, joining a group with the intent of disrupting public security, attacking personal freedoms of citizens, intentionally damaging public installations and resisting authorities.

Nearly all defendants denied the charges against them, except two who confessed that they participated in pro-Muslim Brotherhood protests.

A large number of detentions took place during the third anniversary of the 2011 January 25 Revolution. Some of these detentions included journalists and innocent bystanders.

Many were detained over violating the notorious 2013 Protest Law, adopted in Nov. 2013. The law bans organizing protests without a license and prior notification of the police.

Prominent activists Alaa Abdel Fatah and Mahienour El-Masry were previously sentenced to prison under the law.

Additional Reporting by Amer Mostafa and Nourhan Magdi.

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