EOHR demands a presidential amnesty for the activist Ahmed Douma

June 3rd, 2013 by Editor

On June 3, 2013, Tanta Misdemeanor Court issued the final verdict on the lawsuit n*8207, year 2013, about the Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma. He has been sentenced to 6 months in prison on charges of insulting President Mohamed Morsi and spreading false news on TV. Within the Court decision, Ahmed Douma was ordered to pay 5000 Egyptian pounds in order to be released on bail until an appeal decision.

Douma case is just one amongst others. According to the Attorney General, Abdel Rahman Hafiz, Ahmed Douma described President Morsi as a criminal and a murderer (referring to Port Said bloody events on February) fleeing justice. He said that the President is ruling by force. For these remarks, Ahmed Douma has been accused to threat the public order and the national security. Douma refutes these accusations, claiming his right to make political criticism.

The Organization considers that the imprisonment of activists for their political opinions is a very dangerous turn for the country. The 25 January Revolution did not happen to see lasting the practices of the former regime. Douma sentence is against everything the Egyptian people fought for. It is an unbearable provocation, a call from the new regime for submission and surrender.

EOHR demands to the President to immediately proclaim an amnesty for the activist Ahmed Douma, as he already did in the past for journalists. However this is only a temporary answer to the problem, the legislative structure and the laws have to be modified quickly in order to protect the freedom of opinion and the freedom of expression.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, affirms that targeting political activists shows a will to limit freedoms of opinion and expression. The sentence against Douma is the first on this kind of charges – President insults- since Mubarak period. Mr. Abu Saeda is wondering how it is possible to release murderers and jail political activists.

Mr. Abu Saeda adds that a lot of people lost temper, pushed on by the degraded situation of the country and express their anger, as Ahmed Douma did. They are calling for an amnesty for him and for effective legislative reform allows and protects the freedom of political criticism.

 

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