5 Luxor detainees charged with calling for illegal assembly online

Five people were detained by Luxor prosecution on Friday night after being charged with being members of a banned organization, the April 6 Youth Movement, and calling for illegal assembly online, according to lawyer Tarek Abdel Aal.

The detainees were identified as Alaa Abdel Hady, coordinator of the Independent Teachers’ Union in Luxor, rights lawyer Mohamed Nouby, Sherif Shekou, Islam Ahmed, and Abdel Rahman Aboudy.

The five individuals were arrested when police forces raided their homes in the early hours of Thursday November 23, but they were not presented to the prosecution until the day after, according to Abdel Aal.

The arrest warrant was issued by the prosecutor on Thursday after the detainees were apprehended.

Abdel Hady was previously arrested in June 2017 for inciting protest against the Tiran and Sanafir maritime border agreement that cedes sovereignty over the two islands from Egypt to Saudi Arabia. He was later released on 22nd of June. At the time, Abdel Hady faced charges for joining the April 6 Youth movement.

An anonymous source had previously told Mada Masr that activists Ahmed and Aboudy had not taken part in any political or public activity for almost two years.

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