Court allows prominent lawyer to challenge protest law

The Administrative Court has allowed Khaled Ali, a lawyer and a former presidential hopeful, to appeal the constitutionality of the protest law in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court.

Ali made his arguments in the case on Tuesday before the lawsuit was postponed to 21 October. Several political activists attended the session.

“The Administrative Court allowed us to challenge two articles of the protest law in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court,” Ali tweeted on Tuesday.

The Egyptian Center for Economic & Social Rights had filed a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the law that was passed by former interim president Adly Mansour, who has now returned to his former position at the Supreme Constitutional Court.

Hundreds of liberal activists who oppose a military-led government and others affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood were detained for breaking the law, which requires prior authorization from the Interior Ministry before staging a protest. 

The law imposes fines as well as prison sentences on whoever breaks it.

The protest law was heavily criticized by human rights groups and the international community, including the UN, the US and several European countries. The Egyptian government rejected the criticism as "clear intervention" in their internal affairs.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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