Egypt issues arrest warrants for two protest leaders
Egyptian prosecutors issued arrest warrants against two pro-democracy activists on Wednesday, three days after a new law restricting public protests went into effect, reported state television.
Ahmed Maher and Alaa Abdel-Fattah are accused of trying to stage an unauthorized protest outside the parliament building to protest the new law, dpa reported.
The law signed by interim president Adly Mansour on Sunday requires protest organizers to give a three-day notice to police, who have the power to ban any demonstrations they deem as a threat to public peace.
Maher and Abdel-Fattah played a key role in mobilizing mass protests that forced president Hosny Mubarak out of power in early 2011.
Security forces on Tuesday dispersed demonstrators rallying against a provision in the draft constitution permitting civilians to be tried at military courts.
Prosecutors have ordered 24 activists arrested and kept in police custody for four days pending further questioning on charges of holding an illegal rally and attacking security forces, state-run television said