Egyptian military interrogates activist over Facebook status update

CAIRO (BNO NEWS) — Egyptian military prosecution officers on Sunday detained and interrogated activist Asmaa Mahfouz for allegedly writing a Facebook status against the military, the Al-Ahram state-owned newspaper reported.

The blogger and former April 6 Movement member is accused of inciting violence against the military and members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. She will remain in detention until a bail of 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($3,355) is paid, according to reports.

Mahfouz was a member of the April 6 youth movement, which participated in the mass protests that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt in a 30-year-long regime. She is not the first activist to be summoned by the military prosecution, however.

Several of those arrested during clashes at Cairo’s Tahrir Square in late June were also being interrogated by the military prosecution on Sunday. Clashes erupted between families of those killed during the January 25 Revolution and Central Security Forces between June 28 and 29.

According to Amnesty International, at least 840 people were killed and over 6,000 people were injured in the violent repression that took place during the January uprising. Activists and protesters have been asking for the prosecution of those implicated in the killings of protesters.

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