Egypt jails activist for six months over Mursi insult
Published Monday, June 3, 2013
An Egyptian opposition youth activist was sentenced to six months in prison on Monday for insulting President Mohammed Mursi.
Ahmed Duma, who was also ordered to pay a fine of 200 Egyptian pounds ($29), could be released on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($716) pending a decision by an appeals court.
Dozens of Duma supporters gathered outside the courthouse during the hearing, chanting slogans against the president and the powerful Muslim Brotherhood from which he came, an AFP journalist said.
Mohammed Abdel Aziz, Duma’s lawyer, told Egyptian news site Ahram Online that the leftist activist was also convicted of other charges including circulation false news on TV.
Duma, who has been in prison since April 30, had reportedly called Mursi a killer and criminal, adding that he was wanted by the state.
The court concluded that Duma’s acts would "undermine state security and terrorize people," Ahram quoted his lawyer as saying.
The Ahram reported added that Duma had previously been arresting in 2012 during military rule following clashes with security forces in Tahrir Square.
And earlier this year, he was beaten by supporters of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood while scrawling anti-Brotherhood slogans outside of the party’s office in Mokattam.
Mursi, elected in June last year, has been accused of suppressing or seeking to suppress opponents and journalists who criticize him by accusing them of defamation.