World Bulletin/News Desk
The defense team for three jailed Egyptian activists walked out of Monday's trial session to protest the alleged beating and torture of their clients.
"We were surprised to see signs of torture on the three activists during the trial session," a defense lawyer told Anadolu Agency.
He said the three activists – April 6 youth group founder Ahmed Maher, leading group member Mohamed Adel, and prominent activist Ahmed Douma – had requested the defense team to withdraw from the session and ask the court to register their abuse allegations.
In early January, the three activists were each slapped with three-year jail terms and fines of some $7,000 each.
They were all found guilty of assaulting security forces and staging an unlicensed November 30 protest outside the prosecutor-general's Cairo office.
A recently-passed law makes it necessary for protest organizers to submit a written request to the Interior Ministry three days before staging public demonstrations.
Maher, Adel and Douma had been among the young activists who spearheaded Egypt's January 2011 revolution, which ended autocratic president Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.
The three had also supported last year's June 30 demonstrations that ultimately led to the army's July 3 ouster of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president.Last Mod: 10 Mart 2014, 17:38