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April 6 cofounder Amr Ali sentenced to 3 years prison
Amr Ali - Courtesy: April 6 Youth Movement Facebook page

Al-Marg Misdemeanors Court has sentenced Amr Ali, the general coordinator of the banned April 6 Youth Movement, to three years in prison and an LE500 fine for conspiring to overthrow the government, according to a statement posted to the April 6 Facebook page on Monday.

Ali was also convicted of obstructing the work of state institutions and joining an illegal organization.

Security forces arrested Ali from his Monufiya home last September and transferred him to the National Security Agency for interrogations. He has served as acting general coordinator for April 6 since the arrest of his predecessor, Ahmed Maher, in 2013. Ali was one of the movement’s cofounders and has held several different leadership positions in the group.

In January 2015, Ali was among several liberal and leftist activists whose assets were frozen after the judicial committee tasked with identifying the assets of the Muslim Brotherhood added their names to its list of suspects.

The movement was established in 2008 to help workers in Al-Mahalla al-Kubra stage a successful strike on April 6 of that year. It subsequently grew into one of Egypt’s foremost youth movements, and until recently was celebrated as an orchestrator of the January 25 revolution. However, a court banned the group’s activities in 2014 after ruling that it was involved in espionage and acts that tarnish the national image.

April 6 cofounders Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel were sentenced to three years in prison in 2013 along with activist Ahmed Douma with charges of protesting without a permit and assaulting police.

Four other members of the movement were released from custody earlier this month pending investigations into charges of illegally protesting.