Wednesday, 18 October 2017 12:17 GMT

Egypt bans April 6 youth movement

(MENAFN - Arab News) Cairo: an egyptian court has banned the april 6 youth movement that helped engineer the 2011 uprising that led to the ouster of longtime autocratic president hosni mubarak.

the ruling is seen by activists as part of a government- orchestrated campaign to stifle opposition and dissent.

the court in cairo ruled in a suit filed by a lawyer who demanded the banning of the group over allegations it 'tarnished the image of the egyptian state" and conspired against the country's national interests.

leaders of april 6 — ahmed maher and mohammed adel — have been jailed for violating a new protest law that requires that any demonstration must have a police permit.

monday's ruling by the cairo court for urgent matters can be suspended by a higher tribunal.

Egypt bans April 6 youth movement