CAIRO: Accusations leveled Monday by the defense team of former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly claiming anti-regime activists were involved in violence during the January 25 Revolution have drawn strong rebuttals from across the Egyptian political scene.
Three famous activists known to have participated in the January 25 Revolution were accused by Adly’s defense team in court Monday of using Molotov cocktails against security forces in 2011. The activists are Freedom for the Brave leader and prisoner advocate Samia Jaheen, April 6 Youth Movement member Ahmed Douma and prominent Dostour Party member Gamila Ismail.
Adly is currently on trial along with former President Hosni Mubarak on charges of killing demonstrators during the January 25 Revolution, and his defense team’s claims are widely seen as an attempt to deflect attention from his own role in the Mubarak administration’s alleged crackdown on protesters and political dissidents.
“This is one of many attempts to tarnish a great revolution,” the Dostour Party said in a statement Monday. “The [Adly] trial is for the killers of January 25 revolutionaries, not for the people who made the revolution.”
The Dostour Party statement further demanded Attorney General Hisham Barakat strike Adly’s claim from the court record, as it was “full of lies submitted by the lawyer of an interior minister who has been convicted in corruption cases.”
Adly’s defense team also claimed the three activists burned police stations on the “Friday of Anger” on Jan. 28, 2011.
Tahrir newspaper reported the Cairo Criminal Court referred the report to Barakat after a request to do so by Adly.
Responding to the allegations, Jaheen on her Twitter account said, “You all only know how to tarnish people’s reputations.”
Jaheen is one of the most famous activists who participated in the January 25 Revolution and its aftermath. She is perhaps best known for demanding the release of detainees, especially after the adoption of the notorious 2013 Protest Law.
Douma is actually now in prison over violating the 2013 Protest Law and participating in unlicensed demonstrations in the Shura Council incident of November 2013. He is currently serving a 3-year prison sentence along with two other activists. He has been frequently arrested under consecutive governments for his activism.
Ismail is a politician, television host and women’s rights activist. She ran for Parliament in 2011, and is now serving as the organizational chief of the Dostour Party.
Many Egyptians took to social media to express their anger over the Adly accusations.
“The revolution is being tried in the century’s farce,” said @AmrAleem on his Twitter account on Saturday. In Egyptian media, the Adly-Mubarak trial is frequently referred to as the “Trial of the Century.”