CAIRO: The pre-trial detention of human rights lawyer Malek Adly was extended Wednesday for 15 days pending investigations over charges of attempting to overthrow the regime, Youm7 reported.
Adly was arrested on May 5 in Cairo’s district of Maadi; an arrest warrant had been issued April 25 for “inciting protests.” Demonstrations against Egypt’s transfer of the sovereignty of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia erupted April 15 and April 25.
The prosecution accuses Adly of attempting to overthrow the regime and the constitution, belonging to entities that target nullifying the constitution, preventing state authorities from doing their jobs, harming national unity and social peace, promoting the said ideas verbally and in writing, and spreading false news likely to disturb public security.
Adly has denied all the charges during interrogations.
On Saturday, a total of 152 people were sentenced to between two and five years in prison and large fines over the Red Sea islands protests.
The prison sentences faced huge public rage with the social media slamming the rapidness of the trial, which has lasted only 19 days, in comparison to other corruption cases that have been considered for years before courts.
In the wake of the anti-Islands transfer demonstrations, which brought hundreds of protesters back to the streets, dozens of people were reportedly arrested in a fierce police crackdown.