Egyptian blogger faces new charges, kept in jail

By REUTERS
June 5, 2013 00:51

CAIRO - A prominent Egyptian blogger convicted of insulting Islamist president Mohamed Morsi is facing fresh charges of inciting violence, judicial sources said on Tuesday, in a case that has triggered accusations of a crackdown on dissent.

Ahmed Douma was sentenced to six months in jail on Monday for calling Morsi a criminal and a murderer in media interviews.

He was initially allowed to pay 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($720) bail to leave prison pending an appeal, but the new charge meant he would now stay behind bars, state media reported.

The case has enraged pro-democracy activists who have accused Morsi of using the same restrictive practices as his predecessor Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in a popular revolt in 2011.

Douma's supporters called for a demonstration on Wednesday in front of the High Court to call for his release.

"It is clear that there is an attack against Ahmed Douma, especially ... They want to send a message to all the youth of the revolution through him," his lawyer Ali Soliman said.


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