CAIRO: The Old Cairo prosecution office released Wednesday three members of the April 6 Youth Movement Democratic Front group, pending an investigation into charges of tarnishing Egypt’s reputation, disturbing the peace and distributing flyers without permission, lawyer Gamal Eid, Executive Director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) told Daily News Egypt Thursday.
A forth member was released earlier.
Sherif Mohamed Abdel Motteleb, Mahmoud Zakaria Mohamed, Mahmoud Hossam Eid and Hassan Hafez Kamel were arrested on Jan. 3 for handing out flyers calling for a rally on the first anniversary of the January 25 uprising which toppled the regime.
The April 6 Democratic Front is an offshoot the April 6 Youth Movement but there are no links between both groups, said Mahmoud Afifi, spokesman of the latter.
ANHRI, whose lawyers represent the youths, said in a statement that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is “using the same tools and techniques and even the same legal charges to justify curbing the right to political criticism and freedom of expression.”
“It’s time for the military council to understand that the Egyptian people do intend to claim their legitimate right to build their country on the basis of law, justice, democracy and human dignity,” the statement said.