Source: Egypt's prosecutor begins probe into political activists

September 7, 2013 23:30


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CAIRO - Egypt's public prosecutor is looking into legal complaints against a group of prominent democracy and rights activists, a judicial source at the prosecutor's office said on Saturday, adding to fears of a widening crackdown on dissent.

Confirming a story on the Web site of state newspaper Al-Ahram on Saturday, the source said the prosecutor received complaints from private citizens against 35 political figures, many of them important figures in the 2011 uprising against ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

They include activist Ahmed Maher, blogger Ahmed Douma and liberal politician Amr Hamzawi, the source said.

The complaints accuse the activists of accepting money from the United States and other countries, and say that diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks support their claims, the source said.

Hamzawi denied on Twitter the allegations in Al-Ahram. "Claims that I got foreign money are completely untrue, the campaign of fabrication and distortion must immediately stop," he said.

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