Itehadya detained activists referred to court

CAIRO: Heliopolis prosecution decided Wednesday to refer the case to Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court and the first court sessions is set for June 29, lawyer of the detainees Tarek Al-Awady told The Cairo Post.

Security forces arrested a number of protesters Saturday and detained them in Central security vehicles to send them to Heliopolis police stations, Youm7 reported.

Seven girls and 17 boys were detained at Heliopolis police station on Sunday and they will be transferred to Heliopolis prosecution, according to novelist Ahdaf Soueif, who is also detainee Alaa Abdel Fatah’s aunt.

Social media users circulated pictures of “armed thugs attacking the march” published by Youm7. The photos show men in plain clothes with sticks and batons in front of security forces vehicles at the protest.

Social media activists claimed that the protests coincided with the international day of solidarity with #EgyDetainees Saturday.

On Monday several rights organizations condemned the renewed detention period for more than 24 hours for the 24 activists arrested Saturday on charges of violating the protest law, inciting chaos, and resisting authorities.

“Prosecutors automatically press charges against peaceful protesters without conducting serious investigations,” their Monday statement said and called for the abolition of the law.

The controversial protest law, which was issued in November 25, 2013, prohibits any potential demonstrations without prior approval by the Ministry of Interior.

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