Egyptian Court Upholds Three-year Prison Sentences of April 6 Youth Movement Leaders

An appeals court upheld the three-year prison sentences of leaders in the April 6 Youth Movement. Ahmed Maher, Mohammed Adel, and Ahmed Douma were charged in late 2013 with breaking a law requiring protests and political gatherings to be approved by the Egyptian police in advance. In addition, each are to be fined $7,140. Maher, Adel and Douma were sentenced on December 22, 2013. Maher is the leader of the April 6 Movement and Adel and Douma also played a major role in the group which helped organize protests that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.