Egypt arrests 4 leaders of anti-Mubarak movement
29 December 2015, 10:05
Cairo - Egyptian authorities on Monday arrested four
leaders of a youth movement that spearheaded the 2011 revolt against former
president Hosni Mubarak, judicial officials said.
The arrests of the leaders of the April 6 movement come
less than one month before the fifth anniversary of the January 25 2011 revolt
that ousted Mubarak.
Sherif Arubi, Mohamed Nabil, Ayman Abdel Megid and Mahmud
Hesham were arrested at their homes on Monday morning, a judicial official
"The four are accused of inciting violence" and
will be held for 15 days under preventative detention, the official said on
condition of anonymity.
Since the army toppled Mubarak's Islamist successor
Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, the authorities have cracked down on all forms of
They adopted a new law in November 2013 outlawing
demonstrations that have not been given advance authorisation by the police.
Hundreds of Islamist protesters - as well as dozens of
secular and leftwing demonstrators - have been jailed under the legislation.
Alaa Abdel Fattah, a leading secular activist in the
protests that led to Mubarak's downfall, was sentenced to five years in prison.
His sister Sanaa Seif was sentenced to two years. The
founder of the April 6 movement, Ahmed Maher, received a three-year term.
There have been calls for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi -
who was army chief when Morsi was ousted - to pardon figures from the 2011
Following Morsi's removal, his supporters were targeted
in a campaign of bloody repression in which hundreds were killed and thousands
Hundreds, including Morsi, have been sentenced to death
in speedy mass trials the United Nations has said are "unprecedented in