CAIRO – 26 October 2020: Egypt’s Supreme State Security Criminal Court sentenced civil engineer Mamdouh Hamza to six months in prison for inciting violence and spreading fake news aiming to undermine the country’s stability and security.
The court also added Hamza, Monday, on the terrorists list.
The Public Prosecution accused Hamza of committing a terror crime by trying to cause civil unrest using his social media accounts. He also faces charges of resisting the authorities while carrying out their duties and posting fake news on his personal Twitter account.
The Anti-Terrorism Law No. 94 of 2015 stipulated in its fifth article that “Any attempt to commit any terrorist crime shall be punished with the same penalty prescribed for a complete crime.”
Also article (6) stipulated that “incitement to commit any terrorist crime shall be punished with the same penalty prescribed for a complete crime, whether this incitement is directed at a specific person or group, or it is public or non-public incitement, and whatever the means used in it, If this incitement does not have an effect, and the same penalty prescribed for a complete crime shall be imposed on whoever agrees or assists - in any way - to commit the crimes referred to in the first paragraph of this article, even if the crime did not occur based on that agreement or that assistance.
According to Article Two of the law, any terrorist action, means “every use of force, violence, threat, or intimidation, at home or abroad, for the purpose of disturbing public order or endangering the safety, interests, or security of society, or harming individuals or casting terror among them, or exposing their lives, freedoms, public or private rights, or their security to danger, or other freedoms and rights guaranteed by the constitution and the law, or harm to national units, social peace or national security, or harm to the environment, natural resources, antiquities, money, buildings, or property Public or private institutions, occupying or seizing them, or preventing or obstructing public authorities, bodies or judicial bodies, government interests, local units, places of worship, hospitals, institutions and institutes of science, diplomatic and consular missions, or regional and international organizations and bodies in Egypt from carrying out its work or practicing all or some of its activities, or resisting it, or obstructing the application of any provisions of the constitution, laws or regulations.”
On July 6, Mamdouh Hamza, was added to the travel ban list by a criminal court ruling.