Activist Asmaa Mahfouz barred from leaving Egypt
Award-winning activist Asmaa Mahfouz - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Award-winning activist Asmaa Mahfouz was prevented from traveling to Bangkok Tuesday after Cairo Airport officials informed her she was barred from leaving the country per a prosecution order, according to local newspapers.

Mahfouz is a defendant in a pending 2012 battery case, and another case investigated by the State Security prosecution, judicial sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm, refusing to reveal the grounds of the State Security case

The prominent activist, who is one of the founders of the now-banned April 6 Youth Movement, did not speak to the media since she returned home from the airport. In 2013, she was deported from Kuwait during a visit to her husband, where Kuwaiti national security personnel told her that it was “in her interest” to leave the Gulf state, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

 Mahfouz won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2011, and is perceived to be one of the most influential people in the mobilization for and during the January 25 Revolution.

Although political science professor at the American University in Cairo Amr Hamzawy was allowed to travel per Wednesday Cairo Criminal Court ruling, he had been barred since January pending a case on “insulting the judiciary.”

Other media personalities, journalists, Islamist leaders and preachers have been banned from travelling since January pending the same case. Meanwhile, they have not yet been referred to a trial to be found guilty or innocent.

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